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Central and southern Queens to receive water main upgrade
Central and southern Queens to receive water main upgrade
Central Melissa Chan 12/31/2012 at 12:21PM

A $14 million upgrade to replace the borough’s aging water system will soon flow into portions of central and southern Queens, authorities said. About 13 miles of new ductile iron water mains will be installed to replace old unlined cast ones in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Far Rockaway, according to the city’s [...]

Pilot program aims to prevent flooding
News Billy Rennison 9/24/2012 at 1:04PM

A pilot program unveiled by the city will monitor elevated flow levels in sewers in hopes to prevent future flooding. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) installed 21 manhole covers — 11 in Queens — with monitoring sensors that will alert the agency when there is an elevated flow in the sewer. Crews will then [...]

Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
News Billy Rennison 8/14/2012 at 4:23PM

On most cool, rainy days throughout the summer, city sprinklers run continuously, pouring thousands of gallons of water — and money — down the drain. But a joint project between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Parks and Recreation is looking to put an end to this water waste through timed [...]

Board approves 7 percent water rate hike
News Billy Rennison 5/04/2012 at 12:08PM

For the 16th consecutive year, New York City residents’ water bill will swell. The seven-member water board approved a 7 percent hike in water rates at a vote Friday morning. “The 7 percent 2013 fiscal year rate increase is the lowest increase in seven years and is 25 percent lower than the increase projected at [...]

Fresh air is on the way for Howard Beach residents
Fresh air is on the way for Howard Beach residents
News Melissa Chan 2/07/2012 at 11:13AM

Lots of sunshine — and clean air — is in the forecast for Howard Beach residents come summertime. The $3.5 million project to install the Shellbank Basin Destratification Facility was recently completed, according to Carter Strickland, commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The project is said to curb odors in the surrounding [...]