September 20, 2015
Even though we tested water quality at specific locations during our filtration tests in 2014 and 2011, we had to know a lot more about the river before knowing exactly where + POOL could go. From July 1—October 2, immediately following the launch of our site feasibility phase, we conducted a super intensive and detailed water quality testing program to assess the feasibility of + POOL’s filtration system across four sites we hadn’t yet tested, where we thought + POOL could work. Insane, we know.
The result of daily testing across those four sites, even with incredibly unique water quality characteristics, showed that + POOL’s filtration could work at any of the sites. That was a huge revelation for the project.
Studying New York’s 6th borough—the rivers—is half the journey to swimming in it. Understanding the amount of bacteria, turbidity, pH, salinity and more helps us ensure that + POOL’s filtration system works in its final location, so everybody can swim in the river.
For those of you interested in lots of charts and numbers, check out our full 2015 water quality report. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse at the miles, flat tires, samples, ferry trips and more logged (thanks Spencer!). And a special thanks to Jed Walentas and Two Trees Management for funding our research in front of the Domino Sugar Factory.