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New York City once again has tip-top tap water

Will Gleason

NYC has again reaffirmed that its water is truly the “champagne of tap water.”

The city’s water beat out nearby Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and Orange counties in a regional taste test competition held at the American Museum of Natural History. Museum visitors sampled water from all five counties during the competition, and ranked them by taste.

New York City will now go on to compete in a state-wide competition being held in Syracuse on September 2. 

“Generations ago New Yorkers had the foresight to construct the incredible network of infrastructure that carries our water from as far away as 125 miles and provides us with a robust supply of high-quality drinking water from a pristine and protected watershed,” said Acting Commissioner Sapienza. “Under Mayor de Blasio’s leadership we have continued that tradition, investing billions of dollars in upgrades to our water supply system and watershed protection programs, to ensure that the next generation of New Yorkers continue to enjoy high quality drinking water. 

New York City’s water is internationally renowned for its quality and is one of only five large cities in the US to run a largely unfiltered drinking water supply. To make sure that it continues to stay that fresh, the DEP runs half a million analyses of the water every year. 


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