Competition for Best Tasting New York Water to Commence at New York State Fair

ALBANY, NY (September 1, 2009) – Ten municipalities will square off today in the championship of the 2009 New York State Water Taste Test to determine the best tasting drinking water in New York at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

The 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. on the fairgrounds behind the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation booth. Results will be available at approximately 3:45 p.m. today.

"New York State has some of the best tap water in the world and this annual contest gives New Yorkers the opportunity to truly appreciate it," 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. "Providing clean and safe tap water statewide is essential to not only protecting the health of New Yorkers, but also the environment when New Yorkers choose to drink tap water instead of purchasing bottled water."

The annual New York State Water Taste Test, which has taken place for 23 years, highlights the importance of both taste and quality in a resource essential to public health.

"Water suppliers work very hard behind the scenes day after day, and this contest provides much deserved recognition for their hard work," said Manoj Ajmera, coordinator of the contest on behalf of the New York State Section of the AWWA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of water quality and supply.

New York City took first place in last year's contest followed by the Village of Canajoharie in Montgomery County in second place.

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. The ten finalists competed against their neighboring county winners to win regional taste contests and will now advance to the championship 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 today's water tasting championships are:

Group 1: 12:30 p.m.

  • Village of Endicott (Broome County)
  • Village of Hermon (St. Lawrence County)
  • City of Schenectady (Schenectady County)
  • Greenlawn Water District (Suffolk County)

Group 2: 1:30 p.m.

  • Latham Water District (Albany County)
  • Village of Bolton Point (Cayuga County)
  • Village of Fredonia (Chautauqua County)
  • City of Rochester (Monroe County)
  • Village of Canajoharie (Montgomery County)
  • New York City