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Catskills Offer Waters You Can Drink and Paddle

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One way to spend a summer weekend—paddling through the city's public water supply. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

When surrounded by such beauty, you’re usually not thinking about much more than the scenery.

"It's so gorgeous out here. It's so quiet. There's so much wildlife to see when you’re out and you’re just communing with nature," says Ann Roberti of the Catskill Mountain Club.

Kayaking on the Pepacton Reservoir in the Catskills region however, you just might find yourself pondering more mundane matters.

[[SOT Adam Bosch, DEP Spokesperson]]

"Pepacton Reservoir, which is the largest reservoir in the New York City drinking water supply system, it holds about 140 billion gallons of water, it's about 15 miles long, it's located in Delaware County, and it provides on average about 25 percent of the water to New York City every day," says Department of Environmental Protection Spokesperson Adam Bosch.

Pepacton is one of four reservoirs in the Catskills where you can actually paddle on New York City’s public water supply through Columbus Day.

"You can go kayaking. We allow canoeing. You can go in small sailboats, and actually we’ve had a few people take sculls," Bosch says.

To get started, get a DEP Access permit online. Plus, it is mandatory that you have your boat steam-cleaned by a local vendor.

“This prevents any invasive species—plants, animals, micro-organisms—from getting into the water and doing things that could clog intakes, harm fish life, de-oxygenate the water. We take that very seriously,” Bosch says.

If you don’t own a boat, you can rent a precleaned one right off the rack.

Oh yeah, don’t even think of swimming in the water. Also, if you want to drink it, turn on your faucet back home, because on designated New York City reservoirs, you can only quench your thirst for adventure.

There’s a patch for that.

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