Join sewage enthusiasts Matt Malina and Adam Schwartz on a tour of the sewage plants of Southern Brooklyn. Before the 1880's, Brooklyn's sewage
was piped into the bay and ocean untreated. During Brooklyn's fast
growth after the Civil War, science led to a clearer understanding of
the adverse health effects of untreated sewage. As Coney Island was becoming a popular beach destination, the first sewage
'purification' plant was built there in 1885 to protect bathers. Other
plants followed in the 20th century, leading to current system of 14
Water Pollution Control Plants we have today. On the tour we will;
Bike to 3 sewage plants, 1 storm water retention facility and 1 CSO outflow point
Explain the sewage treatment process and what a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) is
Explain the ad hoc way in which the sewage system initially developed
Central Park Reservoirs 1899 (NYPL Digital Archive)
For School Groups Grades 3 - 12 NYC H2O is offering walking tours of NYC's historic reservoirs, including: the Central Park Reservoir, Ridgewood Reservoir in Ridgewood, Queens, Silver Lake in Staten Island, Baisley Pond in Jamaica, Queens, and in the Bronx, the Jerome Park and the Williamsbridge Reservoirs.
All of these reservoirs once supplied the city with drinking water and each has its own story. H2O's team of talented, dynamic tour guides will engage students in activities to explain how these reservoirs allowed the city to grow.
Tours are free and can be requested by contacting Matt Malina at firstname.lastname@example.org