Speaking from inside the valve room of the water tunnel 20 stories beneath Central Park, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the completion of the 8.5-mile Manhattan section of Water Tunnel No. 3.
The city has hired 100 young New Yorkers to help clean up trash on surrounding streets and storm drains that end up in the ocean.
The mayor joined city officials to tout part of his administration’s $20 billion investment into the city’s water system.
It’s all part of a new plan by the city’s Department of Environmental Protection in an effort to save 30 million gallons of water a day by 2018.
Getting rid of the debris was a major mission a month after Superstorm Sandy, and in Brooklyn on Wednesday, some of the debris was going up in smoke.
Open fire hydrants during summer heat waves are a part of New York City culture, but doing so without a spray cap is illegal and dangerous.