Acting Health Department Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D. this week announced that the Town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County, has claimed the top spot in the New York Tap Water Taste Contest, held at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The Village of Remsen in Oneida County was the runner-up.

The New York State Tap Water Taste Contest is a non-scientific, friendly competition intended to highlight the importance of taste and quality in drinking water.

The results were announced this week at the final round of the competition at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. More than 200 fairgoers put their taste buds to the test to select the winner from six water systems that won regional contests. The finalists competing in the championship round were:

· Western Region – City of Canandaigua
· Central Region – Village of Remsen (Statewide Runner Up)
· Northern Region – Village of Malone
· Capital Region – Town of Rotterdam (Statewide Winner)
· Metropolitan Region – City of White Plains

“We congratulate all of the regional winners,” said Acting Commissioner Zucker. “They and more than 9,500 other public water systems in the state provide 95% of New Yorkers with this most important beverage. We must never underestimate the value of healthy drinking water to our families and communities.”

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