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Barneveld, Fort Plain finalists in NYS Best Tasting Water Competition, Rochester wins

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced the winner of the 27th Annual NYS Best Tasting Water Competition, Friday.

Among the ten finalists were the Village of Barneveld (Oneida County), and the Village of Fort Plain (Montgomery County), but the City of Rochester ended up taking the 2013 crown.

The results were announced at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, where the final round was held Friday. 250 fairgoers were given the opportunity to vote for the winner, and while Rochester won, Fort Plain came in 2nd place in the contest.

The contest was sponsored by the DOH under a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement with the Department's Environmental Health Specialist Water Program.

"This friendly competition highlights the efforts of communities and their partners who go above and beyond to deliver safe, great tasting water to the taps of millions of homes and businesses throughout the state," said State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H. "Congratulations to Rochester and Fort Plain and all of this year's competitors."

The taste test is a non-scientific competition that attempts to highlight the importance of taste and quality in drinking water. It is based upon the notion that tap water that tastes better will encourage New Yorkers to choose to drink more water, which is healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly.

The City of Rochester, the first place winner, has approximately 210,000 residents, while second place Fort Plain has a population of just over 2,300.

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