As New Yorkers, we tend to take for granted everything great about our city. We are a breadbasket of vibrant people, businesses, food choices, and entertainment. Yet, one thing that stands out the most about New York City is something every resident uses daily and multiple times a day: tap water.
That’s right. Our tap water sources are unique to New York and can’t be found anywhere else. We use it for cooking, drinking, and just about everything else in between without even considering where it comes from. Yet, we’re still left with the question: how clean is NYC tap water? To find out, we will dive deeper into this topic and whether or not you should consider a HYDR8 bottleless water cooler to go along with your regular tap water source.
Where is NYC Tap Water Sourced?
Most people in the city don’t know that their tap water is sourced upstate in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds. These two watersheds provide about 90% of the city’s water supply. Our water system taps into more than a dozen reservoirs and lakes around these areas. The Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware County is the largest, holding more than 140 billion gallons of water. The second largest is the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County, which contains more than 125 billion gallons.
Thanks to the tireless efforts by a police force, illegal dumping is strictly enforced, which helps protect the conduits that bring the water to the city. Water from these large lakes and reservoirs is brought to New York City through the New Croton, Delaware, and Catskill Aqueducts and is then housed in the Kensico and Hillview reservoir in Westchester County. From there, our tap water flows into the five boroughs through Water Tunnels 1 and 2.
How Clean is the Tap Water?
New York City tap water has famously earned the title of being the champagne of water. However, questions about its cleanliness still linger. NYC is one of five major U.S. cities that doesn’t require a water filtration system for the tap water, but our municipal plants still send it through ultraviolet light exposure. It also undergoes more than 600,000 tests per year and is tested for more than 250 variables and pollutants.
For a system that moves over a billion gallons of water every day, some regulation must be in place, right? If you said yes, you’d be correct. In 2018, the city put more than $1 billion towards an initiative to make the drinking water as safe and clean as possible. Part of the budget (some $200 million) went to the treatment and protection of our water source from farm pollution and septic system waste. For those who aren’t sure about the cleanliness of their tap water, HYDR8 has you covered.
Water Filtration & Purification Made Easy
When it comes to your drinking water, you shouldn’t be questioning its cleanliness and where it comes from. That’s why many people turn to in-home or in-office filtration and purification systems. These systems are our specialty, and we’re proud to share them with the rest of NYC.
Our purification technology filters out sediments, pharmaceuticals, and bacteria and viruses and gives the water an oxygen boost for a better-tasting solution than what you might get from the tap. What makes our systems so unique is that they don’t use those big 5-gallon jugs, but rather hook up directly to your primary water source. That’s right! We use the very same tap water that’s flowing to your home and make it better with our water coolers. Furthermore, the only time you have to see us in your home or office is when we install the cooler and come back for yearly filter changes.