NYC Department of Environmental Protection (New York, New York)
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
New York, New York
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is a City agency of nearly 6,000 employees that manages and conserves the City’s water supply; distributes more than one billion gallons of clean drinking water each day to nine million New Yorkers and collects wastewater through a vast underground network of pipes, regulators, and pumping stations; and treats the 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater that New Yorkers produce each day in a way that protects the quality of New York Harbor. To achieve these mandates, DEP oversees one of the largest capital construction programs in the region. As the City agency responsible for New York City’s environment, DEP also regulates air quality, hazardous waste, and critical quality of life issues, including noise.
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DEP’s core mission is to supply and distribute more than one billion gallons of high-quality water to nine million New Yorkers every day, and to treat the 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater we generate daily so that it has the smallest possible impact on water quality in New York Harbor. Beyond these core utility functions, we are also responsible for improving air quality, reducing noise pollution, and protecting New Yorkers from hazardous substances — like asbestos and chemicals found at dry cleaners, auto body repair shops, hospitals, and factories.
To achieve DEP’s mission, we must successfully execute our four strategic functions:
- Provide effective and responsive customer service.
- Operate a safe and high-performing water utility for the lowest possible cost.
- Make cost-effective capital investments.
- Achieve a sustainable quality of life for all New Yorkers.
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