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Two-time Champion Guilderland Dethroned as Latham Wins 2014 Albany County Tap Water Taste Test!

May 07, 2014

With all the ballots counted there is a new champion heading to the state regionals in the annual competition to be named the Best Drinking Water in New York. Following judging today, the Latham Water District was named the winner of the annual contest for the best tasting tap water in Albany County. The Latham Water District topped two-time defending champion Guilderland by three points, 72-69.

The competition was held today at the Empire State Plaza, where people voted on which tap water they thought was the best. Latham finished first among participating water systems from around the county including the City of Cohoes, City of Albany, Village of Green Island and Bethlehem Water District #1. The next step is the regionals, which will take place later this summer. The regional winner will compete against other water systems in the state at the State Fair in Syracuse.

“It’s difficult to pull off a three-peat,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “I am impressed that the competition was so close and it shows that we have consistently good tap water in the area.”

The Drinking Water Taste Test was sponsored by the Albany County Health Department and assistance was provided by the NYS Department of Health, the Water and Wastewater Education Outreach Committee and the NY Rural Water Association. At the taste test, samplers tried the water and then filled out a survey with their preferences.

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