New York City drinking water among cleanest in world, report says

NEW YORK —A new report says New York City has some of the cleanest and least expensive drinking water in the world, thanks to solid investments in watershed protection.

New York has the largest unfiltered water supply system in the world. The system of reservoirs stretches as far as 125 miles north of the city.

The city has invested more than $300 million to buy upstate land around the reservoirs, and has spent more on conservation efforts, officials say.

The report suggests the city work to control turbidity, look into alternatives to traditional deicing materials in the winter, and increase education and outreach programs highlighting the benefits of watershed protection. The report by the Clean Drinking Water Coalition analyzed the city’s Department of Environmental Protection watershed programs, and offered recommendations.