City of Albany Winner of State Water Taste Test at State Fair Today

Albany, NY (August 28, 2007) - The New York State Department of Health today announced the City of Albany the winner of the 2007 New York State Water Taste Test.

The City of Albany won the coveted title for best-tasting drinking water in New York over 150 other municipal water systems during the final competition held today at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

"I want to personally congratulate the City of Albany on winning this year's state drinking water taste test," said Richard F. Daines, M.D., Commissioner of the State Department of Health. "This contest shows that some of the world's best-tasting and highest quality drinking water is found in New York State."

The City of Albany narrowly beat out 10 finalists in today's competition. The Village of Canajoharie in Montgomery County won second place, and the Metropolitan Water Board in Oswego County came in third place in the competition.

The drinking water supply for the City of Albany is the Alcove Reservoir located in the Town of Coeymans and serves over 101,000 customers.

The New York State Water Taste Test is a nonscientific competition co-sponsored by the State Department of Health and the New York Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to highlight the importance of one of New York's most valuable resources – drinking water. The State Health Department has regulatory oversight for all public drinking water systems in the state.