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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.

— Two years ago, Niskayuna surprised some by capturing the county title. The contest was historically fought between former state title winners Schenectady and Rotterdam. Last year, the City of Schenectady reclaimed the local title.

All of Schenectady County’s drinking water comes from the Great Flats Aquifer.

Schenectady and Rotterdam’s well fields are neighboring each other, which could account for the rivalry and similarity in taste. The two well fields are also sourced “fairly close” to the Mohawk River and receive some recharge from the river, county Groundwater Management Planner Jason Pelton previously said.

Niskayuna’s water is sourced outside of the “main body” of the aquifer, Pelton said, and is adjacent to the Mohawk. The other four well fields are fairly close to one another.

Niskayuna’s water system serves more than 21,500 people and has an average demand of approximately 3.7 million gallons per day.

Environmental Facilities Corp. President and CEO Matthew Driscoll said the agency offers low-interest financing, grants and other forms of assistance to build or improve drinking water infrastructure throughout the state.

“The annual Drinking Water Taste Test underscores New York State’s role in helping communities provide safe, clean drinking water,” Driscoll said in a statement.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which is jointly administered by EFC and the state Department of Health, offers state financing for municipal infrastructure.

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