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The fresh, clean taste of New York's water is legendary. Less well known is
the fascinating story of the massive program of exploration and construction
that was required to achieve such purity. The story of that monumental
undertaking is told in Water-Works and illustrated with an astonishing archive
of drawings and photographs documenting the design and construction of dams,
reservoirs, aqueducts, and tunnels. This complex system brings millions of
gallons of water to the city every day from rivers many hundreds of miles away.
Kevin Bone, Gina Pollara, Paul Deppe, and students from the Irwin S. Chanin
School of Architecture of the Cooper Union spent nine years cataloging and
preserving this remarkable archive, which is held by the City of New York
Department of Environmental Protection. Essays by Bone, former DEP commissioner
Albert F. Appleton, and scholars Peter H. Gleick and Gerard Koeppel trace the
history of the system from its beginnings in the mid-1800s to the current
construction of City Water Tunnel #3. The story of New York's water system is
illuminated in expert detail on the pages of Water-Works, revealing the beauty
and power of these magnificent works of public architecture and engineering.