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Curbed Tours: New York’s 175-year-old Croton Dam

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It holds 34 billion gallons of water

A 175-year-old dam 40 miles outside of New York City is one of the main reasons why the city’s water is called "the champagne of drinking water."

Standing at an imposing 200 feet high, the Croton Dam is the lifeline for New York City’s water supply system. It holds 34 billion gallons worth of drinking water alongside the Delaware and Catskill watersheds, which also serve the city. And it’s not just a dam: There’s a 97-acre public park at the base, with 26 miles of trails and a walkable bridge that crosses the Harlem River.