The City of Troy was declared Rensselaer County’s best tasting tap water on April 22nd, 2016 by participants in an annual blind taste contest. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of New York State’s annual Tap Water Taste Contest (TWTC).
The competition was held during the University at Albany, School of Public Health Poster Day in the George Education Center. More than 50 attendees participated in the contest, which featured tap water from the Town of Schodack and Village of Nassau as well as Troy.
A WWEOC member present during the contest provided the following comment, “The Tap Water Taste Contest is a great opportunity to learn more about tap water. The participants took the taste test seriously, deciding which water was the best tasting. Many tasters learned that water from different water systems tastes different because of differences in source, treatment, and mineral content. Congratulations to Troy for winning the Rensselaer County contest.”
The goal of the TWTC is to raise public awareness of the value and quality of public tap water. Not only do community water systems compete to be acknowledged for their achievements, the contest also provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about the processes necessary to deliver water for public use and consumption. The City of Troy will now move on to compete against several other County winners at the Capital District Regional competition at an Albany Alive at Five event in August.
Since the 2016 TWTC kickoff, the Village of Little Valley won the Cattaraugus County contest and the Village of Fort Plain was declared victorious in Montgomery County. There are 27 upcoming contests throughout New York State during this summer before the final at the New York State Fair.