February 15, 2006

NYC Dept of Sanitation's Snow Melters

POST #    2047

With all this snow from the "Blizzard of '06" on the grounds, the Department of Sanitation has got to put it somewhere, right? While in high school, I remember watching dump trucks empty loads and loads of snow into the Hudson River. Apparently, that wasn't too friendly to the environment. Since 2000, Sanitation has used these super-fancy snow melters that can handle up to 60 tons of snow per hour. The machines use water to dissolve the snow and drain the water into the sewage system.

Near my office, they shut down several blocks for one snow melter and have a HUGE pile of snow that gets dumped into it all day. Two front end loaders, one melter, but about 15 sanitation employees on hand. Now that's municipal efficiency. The best part was when the machine operator looked into the machine, grabbed his rake, and pulled out a pair of jeans. I wonder what else is in the pile of snow.

The NY Times had a great article on these $200,000 machines yesterday.

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 7:45 AM



uh...your pictures aren't loading.

Posted by: uh at February 15, 2006 9:08 PM

seem fine to me. but you can see the same photos on flickr right now.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2006 10:45 PM

We were talking about these at work today. We were wondering if the water goes into the sewage system, where it gets treated, or into the storm drains where it flows directly to the rivers.

Posted by: joe at February 15, 2006 11:45 PM

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