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UDC Will Present “Delaware Aqueduct Repair Shutdown Impacts” at April 7 Meeting

Photo: Aerial view of New York City’s Cannonsville Reservoir in Delaware County, NY.

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will host a presentation titled, “Delaware Aqueduct Repair Shutdown Impacts” by Jeff Skelding, executive director of Friends of the Upper Delaware River, Inc., beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. It will take place at the UDC office located at 211 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY with a Zoom option. All UDC meetings are open to the public.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) is undertaking the largest repair project in the 180-year history of New York City’s water supply system. NYC DEP will be taking the Delaware Aqueduct out of service for 5-8 months, starting in October of 2022, to complete the repair.

The Delaware System includes three reservoirs on the headwaters of the Delaware River – Neversink, Pepacton and Cannonsville. The aqueduct was put into service in 1944 and delivers about 500-600 million gallons of water to communities each day.

The Delaware Aqueduct leaks in two locations – near the Hudson River in Newburgh, and in the Ulster County hamlet of Wawarsing. NYC DEP must shut down the Delaware Aqueduct to connect a new, 2.5-mile bypass tunnel to the existing aqueduct on both sides of the Hudson River. The agency will change the operation of its Delaware System reservoirs before and during the shutdown.

The UDC’s monthly business meeting will follow the presentation. For further information on how to participate, call 845-252-3022 or email Check the UDC social media pages for any meeting updates.


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