City of Schenectady Wins State Drinking Water Taste Contest

City of Rochester Takes Second Place

ALBANY, NY (September 1, 2009) - The New York State Department of Health (DOH) today announced the City of Schenectady the winner of the 2009 New York State Drinking Water Taste Test. The City of Rochester was runner up.

Schenectady won the coveted title for best-tasting drinking water in New York over 150 other community water systems during the final competition held today at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

"On behalf of Governor David A. Paterson and the State Department of Health, I want to congratulate the City of Schenectady for winning first place in this year's New York State Water Taste Test," said Richard F. Daines, M.D., New York State Commissioner of Health. "The residents who live in the City of Schenectady should be proud that their water is considered the best-tasting in New York State."

The Schenectady drinking water supply is owned and operated by the City of Schenectady and serves 70,000 to 75,000 residential and business customers.

The annual New York State Water Taste Test has been held for 23 years and highlights the importance of both taste and quality in a resource essential to public health. The taste contest is a nonscientific competition co-sponsored by DOH and the New York Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). DOH has regulatory oversight for all public drinking water systems in the state.

"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.