Sewering the City of New York

by Martin Lang, (F.ASCE), First Deputy Administrator; NYC Environmental Protection Administration, New York, N. Y.,
Frederick Novotny, (M.ASCE), Deputy Chief of Sewer Design; NYC Dept. of Water Resources, New York, N.Y.,
Mohan Jethwani, (M.ASCE), Asst. Administrator; NYC Environmental Protection Administration, New York, N.Y.,
Charles Samowitz, Commissioner; NYC Dept. of Water Resources, Environmental Protection Administration, New York, N.Y.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 1, Pg. 54-57


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The establishment of a centralized sewerage agency in 1963 has enabled the development of a program to upgrade and augment New York City's sewer system to meet the vital life supporting needs of the 21st century. The previous decentralized structure, with five different design standards and financing assessments, did not lend itself to a rational and sound engineering approach to the drainage problems. The shift of population to the periphery of the city, the elimination of sewer assessment, and the antiquated sewerage mandated launching a crash effort. Citywide planning, new management techniques, infusion of new engineers, and optimal use of in-house staff and consultants have all culminated in sixfold acceleration of the sewer construction program.

Subject Headings: New York City | Drainage | Municipal engineering | Sewage | Sewers

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