New York: Murk from the Reservoir

Jerome Park Reservoir in The Bronx is a mile-long meander of New York City drinking water. Often dotted with migratory waterfowl, it serves as a cool, quivery mirror to the red brick apartments and raucous traffic that surround it. The 97-acre artificial lake, built in 1905, holds 800 million gallons of water to quench the thirst of nearly a million New Yorkers. Last year Republican Mayor John Lindsay's reform administration discovered that the reservoir's spalled concrete bottom had never been cleaned, and decided to scour it out. "Because of the magnitude of the job," wrote Water Commissioner James L....

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