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NYC Goes High Tech to Deal with Storm Water Overflow

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The city's Department of Environmental Protection will soon install high tech sensors at five sewer overflow sites along the city's waterfront. The sensors will transmit real time information to a central facility in Flushing, Queens alerting DEP of an overflow problem and allowing the agency to notify the public in minutes, according to the agency. 

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New York Looks to Philadelphia for Ideas on Sewer Overflow Issues

Thursday, July 15, 2010

When it comes to meeting federal clean water standards, New York and other older cities like Boston and Albany are decades behind. One reason is all the human waste that’s discharged every time a storm overwhelms the capacity of 19th century combined sewer systems, which collect rain and sewage in the same pipes. Now New York is looking to another old East Coast city, Philadelphia, for new ideas.

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