If you are familiar with New York City’s East River, you might have heard that the water is not very clean. In fact, the river has been thought to be virtually “unswimmable” since the 1930s. New Yorkers are generally aware that the polluted river is not suitable for swimming, but
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The designers explain that this critical step comes after almost two years of review by the city and the NYCEDC (New York City Economic Development Corporation). Before this, even more time was spent gathering a team of dedicated volunteers, drawing up and redesigning iterations of pools, and researching the science behind water filtration.
The current proposal would be capable of filtering 600,000 gallons of polluted water from the East River every day, meaning that its impact goes much further than allowing New Yorkers to take a fun swim. Diagrams of the project demonstrate its ability to act as a public pool and the possibility of using it for organized events. For both the cultural and environmental benefits, + POOL has a lot of people excited.
If you can’t wait for the opportunity to dive in to the river—without fears of getting sick from the pollution—then you are not alone. + POOL has attracted the attention of mayoral candidate Andrew Yang and celebrities like Kanye West and Neil Patrick Harris. Though we do not have an official date yet, it seems like + POOL may soon become a reality.