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Amawalk Reservoir in Amawalk NY.


The Amawalk Reservoir is a small reservoir in central-northern Westchester County, New York. It is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 202 and New York State Route 35, and is over 32 miles (over 51 kilometres) north of New York City. It was formed by impounding the middle of the Muscoot River, one of the tributaries of the Croton River. This reservoir was put into service in 1897, and was named after the small community of Amawalk, NY, which was inundated by the reservoir, and relocated near the dam.

The reservoir is one of the smaller reservoirs in NYC's water supply system. It is only about 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) long. It only holds about 6.7 billion gallons (about 25.7 million m³) of water at full capacity, and has a drainage basin of 20 square miles (32 square kilometres). A drainage basin is the area where there are bodies of water that either directly or eventually flow into a reservoir.

Water which is either released or spilled out of Amawalk Reservoir flows south in the Muscoot River and eventually enters the Muscoot Reservoir, and then flows into the New Croton Reservoir. The water enters the New Croton Aqueduct, which sends water to the Jerome Park Reservoir in the Bronx, where the water is distributed to the Bronx and to northern Manhattan. On average, the New Croton Aqueduct delivers 10% of New York City's drinking water. The water that doesn't enter the New Croton Aqueduct will flow into the Hudson River at Croton Point.

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