Niskayuna takes top tap in county water contest

Reigning state champion Schenectady is defeated

An annual event in Schenectady County called for water to be drawn from the taps to see who would come out on top in a friendly taste bud battle of around 100 participants. The outcome this year wasn't quite what most people were betting on to win.

The Town of Niskayuna received the title of best tap water in the county on Thursday, July, 1, during the annual Best Tasting Drinking Water in Schenectady County contest. Last year's reigning state champion was the City of Schenectady and the state finals have seen the county win more than once.

The five municipalities represented at the contest at the farmers market in downtown Schenectady were the City of Schenectady, Village of Scotia and towns of Glenville, Rotterdam and the winner Niskayuna. Usually the rivalry is between the two past state title winners Rotterdam and Schenectady, but both will be stepping out early this year.

Niskayuna's water is headed to the regional competition in Albany, so the battle of the taps only just started pouring for this town. The winner of the regional round goes to the state finals held at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

The winner is always a little unclear, because choices seem varied based on personal taste preferences. What might be the best tasting water to one is the complete opposite of another person's choice.

Two [samples] tasted a lot of what I felt was chlorine in it and I hope that wasn't Schenectady, said Susan Fitzgerald, of Schenectady. "Three of them tasted good and it was hard to tell what to pick."

Fitzgerald said she likes Schenectady's water since it has a high mineral content, which she heard is supposed to be good for you. She doesn't think there is any need for people to buy bottled water in Schenectady, because the tap is good enough.

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