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Tastiest taps are in Bethlehem

The votes are in, and it turns out the Town of Bethlehem has Albany County's tastiest water.

The county's health department held the annual test yesterday at the county office building. Coming in second was water from the Latham Water District.

Bethlehem this past year made a major change to its water system by linking output from its two water treatment plants together, though the sample entered in the contest was taken directly from the newer Clapper Road Water Treatment Plant.

Supervisor Sam Messina celebrated the news today.

This is another example where excellence has been achieved, because the Town's outstanding staff does a terrific job, day in and day out, he said.

The contest is a blind taste test, and participants fill out a survey indicating they preferences after tasting the water. The cities of Albany and Cohoes, the Town of Guilderland and the Village of Green Island also participated.

Bethlehem's water will be featured at the regional competition, to be held at the Thursday, Aug. 28 Alive at Five concert. The top two regional winners will be entered at the state round at the New York State Fair in Syracuse on Aug. 30. The contest has been held for the past 25 years.""

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