City Completes Drinking Water Upgrade for City Island Residents

Two 20 inch water pipes were laid from the mainland at Pelham Bay below Eastchester Bay to City Island. Image credit: SDC.

Two new water pipes were placed under Eastchester Bay. On July 20, 2022, New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala and New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner, Thomas Foley, announced the completion of a $34 million project to improve City Island’s drinking water. , residents of the Bronx. The project began in 2019 and was largely completed in December 2021 with funding from the Environmental Protection Department and direction from the Design and Construction Department.

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala said, This $34 million infrastructure investment will ensure residents, businesses and visitors of City Island have a reliable supply of high quality drinking water for generations to come.

CityEarth contacted the Department of Design and Construction to ask if there were any circumstances or conditions that necessitated the $34 million City Island project. The Department of Design and Construction responded through Deputy Public Information Officer Shoshana Kahn: “The two new underwater waterlines have been installed to replace an underwater waterline. 100-year-old marine and an exposed water pipe on the City Island Bridge that needed to be protected from weather and any other external factors.

Two new water pipes have been placed under Eastchester Bay for City Island residents and businesses. An old 12-inch water main and a temporary 16-inch water main located on the City Island Bridge were replaced with two new 20-inch underwater water main. The main waterlines extend from an area inside the park area of ​​Pelham Bay to City Island.

Construction engineers used horizontal directional drilling technology to create two 2,000-foot underwater passages through which the two new waterlines were pulled. The process included: drilling a pilot hole from end to end, enlarging the hole to accommodate the two new water pipes, and stabilizing the newly constructed tunnel with steel plates. A receiving pit was dug on City Island to receive the new water lines for addition to City Island’s water distribution system.

During construction on City Island, a cofferdam was constructed to create a dry and safe working environment while a yellow turbidity barrier was placed to protect the Eastchester Bay environment from any debris from the area of work.

New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Thomas Foley said, “Building a tunnel under Eastchester Bay was a complicated project that will ensure a reliable water supply for the City. Island for decades to come. I commend DDC personnel for their diligence in weathering the pandemic and for their dedication to protecting the environment and ensuring that work does not disturb nearby environmentally sensitive areas.

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson said, “Drinking water is a basic human right, and it’s in our city’s interest that all New Yorkers have safe, clean tap water that’s free of toxins.” contamination.

The bike path connecting City Island to Pelham Bay Park and the footpath connecting Catherine Scott Drive to the Pelham Bay Bike Path have been restored.

Council Member Marjorie Velázquez said, “Residents and businesses on City Island have a right to clean water and a well-managed water supply…I am pleased to see that the completed project not only provides water, but also a new pipeline and hydrants for both City Island and Pelham Bay Park, as well as restored footpaths and bike paths.

The project ultimately received a Diamond Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York and was named “2021 Project of the Year” by the NY/NJ Chapter (CMAA) of the Construction Management Association of America for providing safe and reliable drinking water to the city. The 4,500 inhabitants of the island.

This $34 million project was designed by Dewberry, implemented by Northeast Remsco Construction, Inc. and received engineering from McMillen Jacobs Associates.

New York Mayor Eric Adams said, “New Yorkers are made of the ‘best things on Earth,’ and the water we drink does and should be part of that.”

For before CityEarth coverage on the City Island project, click here.

By: Malka Amar (Malka is an intern at CityLaw and a student at New York Law School, class of 2023.)

SDC: “City completes new drinking water connection to City Island” (July 20, 2022).

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