Where does your water come from?

A simple question, but how many people actually know the answer? The Nature Conservancy took to the streets to find out.



  • 80% of Americans’ drinking water comes from rivers and lakes.
  • New York City is one of only five large cities in the U.S. that does not have to filter its drinking water because the watershed is so well protected.
  • Every day over 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water is delivered from large reservoirs in upstate New York, including the Neversink, Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs in the Delaware River Basin.
  • Our state’s Watershed Protection Program is one of the most comprehensive in the world and has been so successful at protecting New York City’s water supply that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the City a 10-year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) in 2007.
  • The Conservancy is protecting these water sources by doing things like removing the Cuddlebackville Dam, which was blocking mussel larva from traveling down the Neversink river, so that the mussels could reproduce. This same dam was also keeping migratory fish in the Neversink River from migrating. Currently, we are working to have natural-flow regulations as statewide policies.

– See more at: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/placesweprotect/newyorkcity/ny1drinkingwater.xml#sthash.gAdOwsBa.dpuf