CLIFTON PARK: Good to the last drop

Malta resident Kathleen Dooley has participated in the tasting contest in previous years and said she was impressed with the quality this year.

"There was nothing really that stood out as bad," Dooley said. "I thought that they tasted pretty good this year."

Halfmoon gets most of its water from the town's treatment plant on the Hudson River. The town also buys 300,000 gallons of water daily from Waterford due to a contract that isn't set to expire for another 10 years.

Halfmoon residents pay $2.95 per 1,000 gallons of water used, as well as a yearly debt retirement payment ranging from $187 to $320.

Tironi said that the water treatment plant has a capacity of about 7 million gallons per day, but current demand averages only 1.8 million gallons per day.

"Because of good foresight on the town board, we chose to move forward with these projects a little bit ahead of when we needed instead of letting the growth and demand catch up," Tironi said. "We're ready for any growth and demand of water."

"We meet all the standards for the health department and EPA, we try to keep up with everything," he added. "Our operators are trained; our equipment is up to date. We're always looking to learn more.""

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