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Schenectady County water contest a matter of taste

Rodger Harrison, a water treatment plant operator for the Town of Glenville, said he thinks it's Glenville's turn to win.

"I would hope that we would win this year. I think it's our turn," said Harrison. "The residents of the Town of Glenville have a discriminating taste, and they seem to like our water just fine."

Clark Collins, senior water treatment plant operator for the Town of Rotterdam, said he would like the town to hold onto the title of first place. Rotterdam's water has made it to the state finals three times, and they took home the title of best tasting water for New York state in 2003.

"We're fortunate here that we have clean water," said Collins.

He noted that they probably haven't won the state competition in Syracuse since 2003 because the water in Syracuse is different from the water in Rotterdam, and that it isn't a matter of one type of water tasting better than the other, but rather it is an issue of what people are used to.

"A lot of the people who go to that fair are from the Syracuse area and they have surface water, which they're used to, and it tastes different," said Collins. "It's about how people perceive it. It's not a scientific test. We're always proud of our water."

The competition will be held at the farmers market in downtown Schenectady from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. The downtown market is located on the corner of Jay Street and Liberty Street near City Hall.

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