City installs timed sprinklers at Queens playground
by Kathleen Lees
Aug 15, 2012 | 1257 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Officials from the Parks Department and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the installation of timed spray showers at Maple and Glendale playgrounds.

"We're looking for ways to conserve water," said DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland.

Strickland said that the old showers at the playgrounds did not turn off and wasted up to 7,000 gallons of water a day. Adding an activation button to turn on the showers saves 80 percent of the water - or 5,600 gallons - according to Strickland.

The city is hoping to install 23 more timed spray showers at a cost of $15,000 each by next summer, and 400 by 2017 as part of its "Water for the Future" program.

"If they're (the sprinklers) just running all day, we're wasting water," said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

Benepe said the activation button will allow the sprinklers to spray for a two-minute period before reactivation is needed.

"The single most important thing we can do going forward is make sure we have a regular, steady supply of clean drinking water, and a way to process the dirty water we create and a way to manage storm water," Benepe said.

In eight years, the Delaware Aqueduct, which supplies the city's water, will shut down so leaks in the tunnel can be repaired. Strickland said the city is preparing for that now through the spray showers and other projects involved with the Water for the Future program.

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