Public Works Commissioner John Splain on sewage

Saturday, September 21, 1946

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

(WEAF) Commissioner John Splain explaining "New York's vast sewage disposal system". "It is estimated that one billion gallons of sewage is produced every day in New York City.Now a billion gallons of sewage would fill the full width of Fifth Avenue to the fifth floor of a building all the way from Washington Square to Central Park at 110th Street ...." What a pleasant thought. Oddly fascinating of descriptions. Poetic at points. Describes sewage purification process.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8330


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Programs ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s covering a variety of cultural and political topics.

From archival broadcasts of sewer plant openings to single surviving episodes of long-defunct series, "Miscellaneous" is a catch-all for the odds and ends transferred as part of the New York Public Radio Archives Department's massive NEH-funded digitization project, launched in 2010.

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