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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


Friday, April 23, 2010


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 23, 2010 (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 16th, 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. 

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Ken Butler.  As Bolton Point Production Manager, Ken approached his work with passion and dedication.  Not only did Ken work to ensure safe and potable drinking water was provided to the community, he did so with a vigilant concern for the natural world.  His environmentally conscious work ethic and kind nature will be greatly missed.

To complement the Farmer’s Market event, tours can be scheduled for the week of May 10th – 14th 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.

Additionally, the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project will offer cruises throughout the day. This year’s tour theme is “Cayuga Lake and our Water Supply”.  Children will be able to learn about the health and history of Cayuga Lake and participate in lake monitoring activities! Basic cruises will leave the Farmers' Market dock at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Those interested can contact Tiohero Tours in advance, at 607-697-0166, or