NEW YORK (AP) - A new tunnel to deliver water to portions of New York City is about to start working.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the Manhattan section of Water Tunnel 3 is complete. It's one of the largest infrastructure projects in city history.
The tube will provide 350 million gallons of water a day to the borough, easing the strain on the two existing tunnels. They were built in 1917 and 1936 respectively.
Bloomberg officially turned on the 8.5-mile section of tunnel at City Hall Park on Wednesday. He says the drinking water that flows through the new tunnel will not taste different.
Construction on Water Tunnel 3 began in 1970 and has cost $4.7 billion. The entire project, which will reach into Brooklyn and Queens, is slated for completion in 2021.
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