Where’s the drinking water? Underneath the lake.

Silver Lake shimmers in the sun just before the storm.

Silver Lake shimmers in the sun just before the storm.

Silver Lake is the largest body of fresh water on Staten Island. It is called a reservoir by islanders because for many years the lake was fed by the NYC water supply and served as drinking water for Staten Island. However, since the early 1970s, the drinking water has been collected in a large tank underneath the lake protected from surface pollutants, and the lake itself has ceased to serve that function. It is a beautiful sight for anyone driving by on Victory Boulevard or Forest Avenue.

The history of Silver Lake on the Parks Department website.

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