Here is the history of our reservoir system.
Today, New York City has the largest unfiltered surface water supply in the world — and Lake Sagamore is a part of the City’s reservoir system. The lake collects water from about 12 square miles in an area extending westward past the Taconic Parkway. Around 1830, the City of New York decided to satisfy its water requirements through a system of reservoirs and aqueducts north of the city. The first of these was the Croton River and the Old Croton Aqueduct, which was placed in service in 1842. Not long after, in the 1850s, the Carmel town residents decided to