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> 17th Annual Tompkins County Water Week/ Water Taste Test

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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

For more information contact:
Main Coordinator (General Information):  Roxy Johnston, City of Ithaca Water Treatment Facility
Telephone: (607) 273-4680, e-mail:

17th Annual Tompkins County Water Week/ Water Taste Test

April 20, 2011 (Ithaca, N.Y.) — The Tompkins County Division of Environmental Health and the City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant will be hosting National Drinking Water Week events on Sunday, May 15th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market.  Throughout the  day representatives from local governments, citizen’s organizations, and non-profits will be providing the 17th annual drinking water taste test, demonstrations of specialized monitoring and inspection equipment, models of groundwater movement and surface water runoff, educational computer games for children, hands-on displays, and lots of water-related information.  Please visit the Tompkins County Health Department's website at for more detailed and updated information. 

To complement the Farmer’s Market event, tours can be scheduled for the week of May 9th – 13th with the Bolton Point Water System (277-0660), the City of Ithaca Drinking Water Plant (273-4680), the Cornell Drinking Water Plant (255-3381), and the Cayuga Heights Sewage Treatment Plant (273-4461).  Please call to make arrangements.

The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom and Tiohero Tours will offer all-ages cruises throughout the day aboard the MV Haendel.  One hour narrated cruises, focusing on the health and natural history of Cayuga Lake will depart at 11:00 and 12:30pm from the Farmers' Market dock.  A 2-hour "Floating Classroom-style" eco-cruise will depart at 2:30, offering hands-on water sampling and other activities suitable for both youth and adults.  "Community Access" coupons, which are offered to ensure that Floating Classroom programs are affordable for everyone in our community, will be available dockside upon request, or in advance at GIAC, Southside Community Center and other locations.  The coupons will be applicable for any of the day's cruises.  Those interested can contact Tiohero Tours in advance, at 607-697-0166, or  Additional information may be found at