On August 15, 2008 the NYC Health Department issued a press release that stated Two New Yorkers have been infected with the West Nile Virus. You can read it here: Two New Yorkers Test Positive for West Nile
What does this have to do with the Reservoir you ask?
Simple, for the last several months the DEP has kept the reservoir empty on both sides of the wall. The north side is empty and pretty much dry, however the south side is empty but with large standing pools of water that have now turned green and mossy.
So why is this a health issue? Again, simple, standing water attracks mosiqutoes and with them come disease. The Health Departments own statement says:
“Take Simple Steps to Avoid Mosquitoes:
* Eliminate any standing water from your property, and dispose of containers that can collect water. Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly. Standing water is a violation of the health code. ”
So is DEP getting a violation? This is a serious situation that needs immediate addressing. Millions of mosquitoes could be breeding as I am typing this, do you want to be the next infected person?
I am asking everyone to call 311 and report the standing water in the south side of the reservoir. Please ask for a complaint number and if you can send it to us via our contact form.