Water Educator Kleyne Teaches Water Infrastructure Needs. Sharon Kleyne Says New Water Infrastructure Saves Lives.
Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, teaches the importance of new water infrastructure every chance she gets. Without new water infrastructure, Kleyne contends, more and more people will be deprived of fresh water and more health issues will arise.
For many years, Kleyne has encouraged politicians and other government officials to get serious about water infrastructure. May pay lip service to the need to improve and expand existing systems, but unfortunately much of the interest is just talk. Meanwhile, the nation’s aging water infrastructure gets older and more unreliable.
Yet, there are stories and examples of positive breakthroughs and Kleyne was delighted recently to call everybody’s attention to one such project. Construction of the Croton Water Filtration Plant was completed after a decade of work and delays and was activated in 2015. Built beneath Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx (NY), the Croton Water Filtration Plant is the largest underground filtration plant in the U.S. The plant has the capacity to filter up to 290 million gallons of drinking water every day, Kleyne revealed, and it will do a lot to keep the city safe against drought and negative effects of climate change.
Kleyne shared that the 3.2 billion dollar plant reintroduced water from the Croton water supply system to the city’s distribution network for the first time since 2008. The plant site was prepared and excavated beginning in 2004, and construction of the 400,000 square foot facility was started in 2007 under management of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Kleyne noted that as many as 1,300 laborers contributed to the facility
Building the plant, said Kleyne, was not the only infrastructure achievement. The 33-mile long New Croton Aqueduct was rehabilitated. Three new water tunnels were built to bring water to the plant, and then from the plant back to the distribution system. With the capacity to filter up to 290 million gallons of water a day, the state-of-the-art facility can provide 30 percent of the city’s current daily water needs.
“This is the kind of commitment to new water infrastructure that we need all over the world,” said Kleyne. “We can’t waste time saving our water.”
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