Water Taste Test Slated for Central New York
Albany, August 2 – Five municipalities will square off in the 1999 regional taste test to determine the best tasting drinking water in Central New York on August 4, at the Hinerwadel's Grove on West Taft Road in North Syracuse, from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM. The top two finishers in this and four other regional contests scheduled statewide, will compete for statewide honors on September 1, 1999, at the New York State Fair.
This popular, nonscientific competition, is in its 13th year and stresses the importance of clean, safe, healthy drinking water. It is sponsored by the State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation.
At the Central New York Taste Off, water experts will participate in a blind taste test featuring liquid refreshment from the public water supplies of the City of Syracuse (Onondaga County), Village of Mexico (Oswego County), Village of Waterloo (Seneca County), City of Auburn (Cayuga County), and City of Cortland (Cortland County). Each of the five competitors has won a county competition to advance to this stage. The winners will be announced on–site at the conclusion of the contest.
The top two contestants from each of five regional events being held across the State will compete at the State Fair in Syracuse on September 1 to determine who has the "best tasting Water in New York State." The champion will be announced at a special presentation at the Fair and will receive a plaque and the tribute of two official highway signs proclaiming the honor.
More than 150 community water systems were represented this year in competitions that began in May at local county contests during National Drinking Water Week.
Safe, clean, high quality water is a priority for New York State. Governor Pataki has allocated more than $355 million in low–interest loans and grants to public water suppliers in New York as part of the State's unprecedented Drinking Water Revolving Fund. The Fund, supported by the Governor's 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, will provide more than $1.87 billion over the next decade to protect and improve drinking water for millions of New Yorkers.
"This program has provided the impetus for New York to lead the nation in providing safe drinking water for more than 16 million New Yorkers that rely on more than 3,000 community water suppliers for their daily drinking water," Governor Pataki said.