New York's Communities Compete for Best Tasting Water at New York State Fair

New York's Communities Compete for Best Tasting Water at New York State Fair

Albany, NY (Aug. 25, 2008) - Ten municipalities will square off in the championship of the 2008 New York State Water Taste Test to determine the best tasting drinking water in New York on Tuesday, August 26, at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

This popular, nonscientific competition cosponsored by the New York State Department of Health and the New York Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), will take place at 12:30 p.m. behind the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation booth (the Aquarium Building) on the fairgrounds. Results will be available at approximately 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"This is a fun event that highlights New York's great tasting tap water," said Richard F. Daines, M.D., Commissioner of the State Health Department, which has regulatory oversight for all public drinking water systems in the state. "Regardless of the winner of this competition, water straight from the tap all across the state in most cases matches or beats the taste and quality of its bottled competition and is hands down cheaper and easier on the environment."

Now in its 22nd year, the New York State Water Taste Test highlights the importance of both taste and quality in a resource essential to public health. Manoj Ajmera, coordinator of the contest on behalf of the New York State Section of the AWWA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of water quality and supply, said: "The quality and inviting taste of New York's tap drinking water stems from the efforts of hundreds of public water system workers across the state."

The City of Albany took first place in last year's contest followed by the Village of Canajoharie water system in Montgomery County in second place and the Metropolitan Water System in Oswego County winning third.

This year, more than 150 community water systems were represented in competitions that began in May at the county level during National Drinking Water Week. Ten finalists then competed against their neighboring county winners to win regional taste contests and will advance to the championship round at the State Fair. The general public will serve as judges and will participate in blind taste tests featuring samples of water from the competing public water supplies.

The finalists competing in Tuesday's water tasting championship are:

Group 1: 12:30 p.m.

  • South Otselic Water District (Chenango County)
  • Monroe County Water Authority (Monroe County)
  • Bethpage Water District (Nassau County)
  • Village of Pulaski (Oswego County)
  • Town of Rotterdam (Schenectady County

Group 2: 1:30 p.m.

  • New York City
  • Village of Franklinville (Cattaraugus County)
  • Village of Walton (Delaware County)
  • Village of Fonda (Montgomery County)
  • Boonville Water District (Oneida County)