Water Main Upgrades Coming To Queens

More than six miles of water mains have been installed across three neighborhoods in Queens, the Depts. of Environmental Protection and Design and Construction announced last week.

The $15 million infrastructure upgrade will bring cleaner drinking water and improved water pressure to Elmhurst, Rego Park and Fresh Meadows.

The renovations began in 2012, when more than six miles of new water mains were installed. As part of this project, 20-inch diameter mains will be installed along Queens Boulevard. It will improve water pressure for firefighters and providing water to the nearby neighborhoods.

“By investing in our infrastructure, we are ensuring the public has access to a reliable supply of healthy drinking water, that our firefighters have the water pressure they need to fight fires and that there is adequate supply to allow for the continued growth of neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs,” Carter Strickland, DEP Commissioner, said.

The City’s drinking water is collected from reservoirs upstate and brought to Queens through a water tunnel that begins in the Bronx. In addition to improving the water pressure, the project will also minimize disruption to its customers during future maintenance work, the agencies say.

“The new water mains – more than six miles in all – will give residents of Elmhurst, Fresh Meadows and Rego Park improved water service for decades to come. We strongly support DEP’s infrastructure renewal program by providing cost-effective engineering, design and construction management for water main upgrades in Queens and throughout our City,” DDC Deputy Commissioner Eric Macfarlane said.

According to the DEP, it has invested more than $1.7 billion to upgrade water mains in NYC, with more than $400 million dedicated to improving the distribution system in Queens.