Blue Mountain Lake Water District Wins the Title of Best Tasting Drinking Water in
New York State
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 1, 2015) – New York State Department of Health (DOH) today
announced that the Blue Mountain Lake Water District in Hamilton County, has claimed
the top spot in the 29th Annual New York Tap Water Taste Contest, held at the New
York State Fair in Syracuse.
The New York State Tap Water Taste Contest is a non-scientific, friendly competition
intended to highlight the importance of taste and quality in drinking water, a vital
public health resource.
"Access to clean, healthy water is essential for all New Yorkers" said New York State
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "This friendly competition highlights one
of our most precious resources; safe, great tasting water. Congratulations to the
Blue Mountain Lake Water District and to all of this year's competitors.
The results were announced today at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. More than
200 fairgoers put their taste buds to the test to select the winner from five water
systems that won regional contests. The regional finalists competing in the championship
Western Region – Village of Lyndonville
Central Region – City of Ithaca
Northern Region – Blue Mountain Lake Water District
Capital Region – City of Schenectady
Metropolitan Region – City of Mt. Vernon
DOH has regulatory oversight of all public drinking water systems in New York State.
The 29th annual contest was sponsored by DOH under a Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement with the DOH Environmental Health Specialist
The Tap Water Taste Contest is also sponsored by the Water and Wastewater Education
and Outreach Committee (WWEOC), which is comprised of state and local government
agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, professional associations, engineering
firms, water operators, wastewater organizations, community leaders, and training
providers. Its mission is to elevate, promote, and attract talented individuals into
the water profession and to raise awareness of the value of water and wastewater
services with the public and elected officials in New York State and nationwide.