The Long Island Groundwater Symposium named the Suffolk County Water Authority champion of a water-tasting contest as part of a region-wide conference on water quality Friday.
Coming in second in the blind taste testing was West Hempstead.
The symposium at Carlyle on The Green in
Bethpage State Park was attended by public officials and representatives
of various water districts. About 20 water districts competed.
“I would like to congratulate the Suffolk County
Water Authority on this much-deserved accomplishment of having Long Island’s
best-tasting water,” said Long Island Water Conference Chairman Mike
Boufis. “This contest is an excellent
way to celebrate drinking water week and further shares with Long Islanders how
great our drinking water is."
Residents of Long Island came to to Farmingdale State
College where they were asked to participate in a blind taste-test of tap water
from dozens of suppliers across the island.
On Wednesday, the Suffolk County Water Authority earned the top votes in Suffolk County.
Thursday, West Hempstead Water District won the Nassau vote.
Island Water Conference comprises more than 50 public water suppliers
serving more than 3 million people in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Its
members maintain more than 1,000 supply wells, 10,800 miles of water
mains and nearly 79,000 fire hydrants across the Island.