Best Tasting Drinking Water in State to be Decided Tuesday at The New York State Fair

ALBANY, NY (Aug. 30, 2010) -- Ten municipalities will square off in the final championship round of the 2010 New York State Drinking Water Taste Test to determine the best tasting drinking water in New York on Tuesday, August 31, at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

WHO: State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.

WHAT: Championship Round, NYS Water Taste Test

WHERE: Behind the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation booth, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse

WHEN: Tuesday, August 31, at 12:30 p.m. Results available by 4 p.m.

Municipalities Competing:
Group 1 – 12:30 p.m. Group 2 – 1:30 p.m.
Village of Afton (Chenango County) Clifton Park Water Authority (Saratoga County)
City of Albany (Albany County) Clymer Water Authority (Chautauqua County)
Bolton Point (Tompkins County) Dix Hills Water District (Suffolk County)
New York City Village of Pulaski (Oswego County)
Village of Ovid (Seneca County) Village of Johnsville (Montgomery County)

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will be on hand for this popular, nonscientific competition sponsored by the New York State Department of Health. The competitions will take place at 12:30 p.m. behind the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation booth on the New York State fairgrounds. The general public will serve as judges and will participate in blind taste tests featuring samples of water from the competing public water supplies. Final results will be available at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"New York State is fortunate to have healthy, great-tasting public drinking water supplies," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Drinking water is an essential requirement for good health, and since it has zero calories water is a healthy alternative to high-calorie sugary drinks that contribute to obesity."

Now in its 24th year, the New York State Drinking Water Taste Test highlights the importance of good-tasting, safe drinking water. The 10 finalists competing Tuesday won earlier regional contests to advance to the championship round at the State Fair.