Almost every time it rains, polluted stormwater runoff mixes with raw sewage in New York City’s combined sewer system and overflows into our waterways where people swim, fish and boat, making it unsafe for contact. We call these “combined sewer overflows.” New York City dumps more than 20 billion gallons of sewage into local waterways each year. That volume could fill the Empire State Building 72 times!
Tell Mayor de Blasio it’s time to Cut the Crap
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection does not notify city residents when combined sewers are discharging to New York waters, putting the health of those who live, work or recreate on those waters in jeopardy. It’s time for New York City to comply with the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act and alert the public every time raw sewage is overflowing.