Emily Lloyd

Interview Highlights

– “All the water around NYC is too salty to drink, so for over 200 years NYC has been thinking about how to get clean drinking water and what we settled on was 19 reservoirs upstate, many of them west of the Hudson.”

– “We test the water from top to bottom. We test it when it comes into the reservoirs, we test it in the aqueducts and tunnels that bring it into the city and we have about a 1,000 testing stations throughout the five boroughs where we test the water right before it goes into people’s houses.”

– “Flint, Michigan was foreseeable and avoidable.It’s impossible for me to imagine a situation where we (NYC) wouldn’t have flagged this problem and been required to get on it right away.”

About Emily Lloyd

Emily Lloyd was appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on February 18, 2014. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees and manages a 2,000 square mile watershed that supplies more than one billion gallons of high quality water each day to the 8.4 million residents of New York City and an additional 1 million residents in more than 70 upstate communities. DEP also manages approximately 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations to treat 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater each day at 14 in-city treatment plants. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with nearly $13 billion in investments planned over the next 10 years. Ms. Lloyd previously served as the Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation from 1992 to 1994 during the Dinkins administration. Lloyd previously served as Commissioner of DEP from 2005 to 2009, where she played a major role in funding for the long-term stability of the city’s water infrastructure.

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