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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection or DEP for short is a government run department. The main purpose of this department is to manage the water supply of New York City.
The Department of Environmental Protection was founded back in the 1900s. Today, it has over 6000 employees and a whopping budget of about USD 1.3 Billion. Under this budget, the DEP provides about 1.1 billion gallons of water to the entire populace of New York City, consisting of nearly 9 million residents in total.
This is done through a wide-ranging network of tunnels, three controlled lakes, nineteen reservoirs, aqueducts as well as water mains that span for approximately 6000 miles. Also, all of these components work alongside the 2000 square mile watershed, which spreads approximately 125 miles North and West of New York City.
Furthermore, there are over 140,000 catch basins, 90,000 valves, 68 groundwater wells, 114,000 hydrants, three reservoirs, and 14 gatehouses. There is also a whopping 100 million gallon tank for underground storage purposes as well as 7000 miles worth of sanitary sewers.
The maintenance of this complex network lies under the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations, i.e., BWSO. To put it simply, the BWSO is responsible for operating, maintaining as well as preserving the water supply of the city and the sewer systems that are used for the collection of wastewater.
Also, they are in charge of testing and inspecting the water and sewer system regularly to exercise proper quality control. These inspections are carried out by professional contractors and plumbers. This also gives the Bureau the jurisdiction over all construction projects that are underway in the city, if they affect the water supply or sewer systems.
Moreover, the DEP is also in charge of dealing with New York’s combined sewer system. They carry off both sanitary waste as well as stormwater runoff. This can largely be owed to the 14 treatment plants that are situated throughout NYC, and are responsible for treating wastewater specifically.
The DEP rules and regulations have been streamlined by the Clean Water Act. They are responsible for handling emergencies about hazardous materials and cleaning up toxic waste sites. Also, they oversee the monitoring and removal of asbestos in the city. They are responsible for enforcing laws regarding noise and air pollution and collecting utility bills about water and sewage account services. Last but not least, the DEP oversees any environmental and water conservation programs and campaigns that may be carried out throughout the city.
New York Engineers offers professional consultation on DEP applications, approvals and permits. We help you file applications and take care of everything from gathering information to submitting the forms to DEP. Our engineers and architects create DEP-compliant designs to help you get speedy approvals without any delays.