City of Albany Wins New York State Drinking Water Taste Contest

Village of St. Johnsville Takes Second Place in Statewide Competition

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 31, 2010) – The State Department of Health (DOH) today announced that the City of Albany earned the top prize in the 2010 New York State Drinking Water Taste Test. The Village of St. Johnsville in Montgomery County was the runner up.

The results were announced at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, which hosted the final championship round. Ten water systems that had won regional contests competed in the championship round for the top prize.

"The City of Albany prevailed in a spirited and highly-competitive challenge to earn the honor of having the best-tasting drinking water in New York State," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "Quality drinking water tastes good and is healthy for people of all ages, serving as a great alternative to the sugary beverages that are fueling our obesity epidemic. I congratulate Albany for winning this year's Drinking Water Taste Test and commend all the competitors for providing high-caliber drinking water to residents and businesses across the state."

The City of Albany's drinking water is supplied from the Alcove Reservoir. In addition to being the top overall winner, the City of Albany beat out New York City as having the best tasting water originating from surface sources. The Village of St. Johnsville topped the Village of Pulaski in Oswego County in the top water from a groundwater source.

The New York State Drinking Water Taste Test has been held the past 24 years. The non-scientific competition sponsored by DOH highlights the importance of taste and quality in drinking water, a vital public health resource. DOH has regulatory oversight of all public drinking water systems in New York State.

The 10 finalists competing in the final championship round were: the Village of Afton (Chenango County), the Clifton Park Water Authority (Saratoga County), the City of Albany, the Clymer Water Authority (Chautauqua County), Bolton Point (Tompkins County), the Dix Hills Water District (Suffolk County), New York City, the Village of Pulaski, the Village of Ovid (Seneca County) and the Village of St. Johnsville.