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New Brooklyn Lab Keeps Watch Over City's Wastewater

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The Department of Environmental Protection opened a new microbiology lab at a Brooklyn water treatment plant today, to help monitor and enhance the cleansing of wastewater and local waterways.

New Yorkers produce 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day, and now a new microbiology lab in the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn can make sure the city's water supply remains properly clean.

The $2.3 million microbiology lab allows staffers from the city's Department of Environmental Protection to search for microorganisms in samples taken from sludge from the city's 14 water treatment plants and waterways.

"We've been trying to take more and more samples to see how we're are doing in ambient waterways and treatment at our facilities, and this lab will help us to do that," said Vincent Sapienza, the DEP deputy commissioner of wastewater treatment.

The DEP's goal is to remove and disinfect pollutants from wastewater, so there is as little impact as possible when the cleansed water is discharged into the waterways around the city.

"It will give us a much better ability to get a sense across all of our plants how we are doing," said DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway.
 
 

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