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New York City water rates third in taste test September 7, 2006

Posted by farshadf in NYC, Uncategorized.
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We’re number … three!

Despite holding the home-fountain advantage, New York City’s hopes of having its tap water judged the state’s best went down the drain Thursday.

More than 100 water connoisseurs-for-the-day lined up outside the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side to sip samples from the city and four other entrants — Bethpage and South Huntington on Long Island, Blue Lakes in upstate Warwick, and Croton-on-Hudson.New York City came in third but “very close to second place,” said the contest’s founder and organizer, Manoj Ajmera.

Blue Lakes and Bethpage will square off for top tap honors next week at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

Ian Michaels, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the city’s drinking water supply, noted that the city’s entry fell short by a mere four votes. Some past winners of the contest, such as Yonkers and last year’s champ, New Rochelle, purchase water from the city, he noted.

“We would like to win, but city residents know that we continue to have outstanding water and people around the world praise our water,” Michaels said.

The 20-year-old contest, sponsored by the New York chapter of the American Water Works Association, an industry group, is held to develop greater appreciation for humble tap water. Ajmera, a retired employee of the state Department of Health, said 125 people, chosen randomly outside the museum, took the blind taste test Thursday.

“It was a continuous line,” he said. “The museum is a good place. We get a lot of out-of-towners.”

BY CARL MACGOWAN
Newsday Staff Writer

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