First Sewerage Reducer on Manhattan Opened
The first sewage treatment plant installed on Manhattan Island has been put into operation at the foot of Dyckman street, west of the New York Central Railroad tracks. It was under construction for a year and cost $77,000. If it proves successful others will be set up in other sections of the borough. Sewage from an area of 315 acres extending from West 173rd street to Emerson street in the Washington Heights section, just below Spuyten Duyvil, will be treated and dumped a considerable distance off shore on the river bottom through a sixteen-inch pipe. It is estimated that 7,000 tons of sewage are dumped daily into the rivers surrounding Manhattan. This has been the subject of complaint from residents of the borough and property owners along the west bank of the Hudson. The average daily flow through the plant will be 7,000,000 gallons. The plant is capable of the treatment of a much larger flow and will, without additional outlay, be able to take care of the upper Washington Heights and Dyckman sections for many years to come.