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Sustainable MTA: Beneficial Uses of Groundwater

Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009

On a dry day, the MTA pumps 8 million gallons of groundwater to keep subway tunnels dry, and up to 13 million gallons during a storm. Currently, this water is treated as a nuisance and is pumped directly into the city sewers. One of the Transformational Recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability and the MTA is to turn this groundwater into an asset by finding benefitical uses for it. This panel discussion will explore possible uses of the groundwater pumped from subway tunnels.

Sponsor: New York Academy of Sciences, Greening Transportation & Infrastructure Discussion Group

Date: Wednesday December 9, 2009, 6-8 pm

Location: New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor

Moderator: Ernest Tollerson, Director for Policy Media Relations, MTA

Presentations: "NYC Transit's Sustainability Efforts - Beneficial Reuse of Groundwater", Thomas Abdallah, Chief Environmental Engineer, NYC Transit; "Building Heating & Cooling in NYC Using Groundwater Sources (a/k/a Geothermal) Heat Pump Systems", John Rhyner, Senior Project Manager, P.W. Grosser Consulting

Registration: New York Academy of Sciences NYAS members-free, Non-members $20, Non-Member Student $10. For additional information call 212.298.3725

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