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Montgomery County Water Quality Committee Treasurer Toni Christman (far right) hands Mayor Bernard Barnes (center) and DPW Superintendent Bill Vicciarelli, Jr. a plaque declaring that they have the best tasting water of 2014. Also shown are Trustees Gene Colorito and Margaret DiGiacomo.


St. Johnsville's water is best tasting in county

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 7:43 PM


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ST. JOHNSVILLE -- According to a taste test performed by 25 random individuals, the village of St. Johnsville has the best tasting water in Montgomery County. The village's water was part of a blind taste test by the Montgomery County Water Quality Committee, held April 25 and 26.

St. Johnsville's water, a half gallon of which was collected by MCWQC Treasurer Toni Christman from the village Department of Public Works, went up against the city of Amsterdam, village of Fonda, village of Fultonville, village of Canajoharie and village of Fort Plain in the test.

St. Johnsville's water will now move onto a regional contest, which will likely be held at an undecided date in June, held by the New York State Department of Health, taking over for the American Waterworks Association.

If St. Johnsville wins either first or second place in that competition, their water will move on to this year's New York State Fair, held in Syracuse, for state-wide judging.

"It's hard to get people to want to do a taste test," Christman said, noting that many people believe that their water is the best. Christman continued, "those who were participating were really willing," adding that results are sometimes surprising, with participants voting a professionally bottled water the worst tasting in the past.

The water taste test took place over the course of two days in two hour increments with the water kept cold, at the same temperature, for the duration of the taste test.

Mayor Bernard Barnes noted, "it's a team effort," crediting the entire water department for their exemplary work.

Christman said that getting a good water sample is a process. It's not as though she shows up suddenly and they provide her with whatever water is laying around. "They take care to give me good quality water before I leave," she said.


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