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Niskayuna’s drinking water takes top honors

Guilderland takes second place in state after tie at regional contest

Attendees at the New York State Fair in Syracuse taste drinking water samples from 10 communities across the state. Niskayuna was crowned the best drinking water in the state at this year’s contest, with Guilderland nabbing second place.

Attendees at the New York State Fair in Syracuse taste drinking water samples from 10 communities across the state. Niskayuna was crowned the best drinking water in the state at this year’s contest, with Guilderland nabbing second place.

— Getting award-winning drinking water is as easy as turning on the tap for residents of two area towns.

The Town of Niskayuna on Thursday, Aug. 30, was announced the winner of the 26th annual New York State Drinking Water Taste Test. The Town of Guilderland captured second place. The towns had tied at the regional competition held in Albany during the Alive at Five concert on Aug. 2, which allowed two Capital District samples to be entered in the state contest.

The contest was held at the state fair in Syracuse and was sponsored by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp., the New York State Department of Health and WSYR-TV’s mid-day morning show, Bridge Street. More than 400 people voted on drinking water samples from 10 communities across the state.

“Congratulations to the towns of Niskayuna and Guilderland, and all the municipalities who were selected to be part of this year’s contest,” State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah said in a statement. “They are the among the hundreds of municipal water supplies in New York State that provide clean, great tasting drinking water to their residential and business customers.”

After Niskayuna won the groundwater competition at the contest, it was pitted once again against Guilderland, which won the competition for best surface water systems.

Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry was pleased the town’s water took top honors.

“We are very proud and honored that our water was selected as the best tasting drinking water in the state,” Landry said in a statement. “This honor is a reflection of all the hard work by our employees in the Water Department, especially those at our water plant.”

The annual Best Tasting Drinking Water in Schenectady County contested has spurred a friendly rivalry between municipalities. The county isn’t new to securing the state title either, with Niskayuna now added to the ranks.

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