DSNY turns up heat on excess snow

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EAST NEW YORK -

The city Department of Sanitation has a secret weapon for removing excess snow -- a sauna-like device that can filter out trash and debris and send water down a special sewer for purification.

Each of the devices can melt between 60 and 120 tons of snow an hour, producing 240 gallons of water a minute. 

There are five currently in use, but the city has 36 altogether.

One in East New York is helping dispose of snow from several neighboring Brooklyn communities.

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