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Annual Water Week & Water Taste Test

National Water Week

[Previous Year Results]

Bolton Point wins 2017 Water Week Tasting

Over 100 people voted on the taste of water supplied by seven municipal water treatment plants in Tompkins County, with Bolton Point Water System, receiving the highest number of favored votes. The Tompkins County Health Department held the annual Tompkins County Drinking Water Taste Test on Sunday, April 30th, during Streets Alive! on N. Cayuga Street.

23rd Annual Tompkins County Drinking Water Week and Water Taste Test

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Tompkins County Division of Environmental Health and The City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant will be hosting the National Drinking Water Week events!

When: Sunday, April 30, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Where: Streets Alive! on Cayuga Street, Ithaca


The Tompkins County Division of Environmental Health will be hosting National Drinking Water Week events on Sunday, April 30, from 1 5 p.m. at the Streets Alive! Ithaca event on Cayuga St. 

If your goal is to stop drinking store-bought water from a bottle you can’t reuse, then you need to know which local water tastes best! Come participate at our water tasting test, find out which water you like best, and cast your vote! We use environmentally friendly compostable cups for this tasting.

To complement the Streets Alive! activities, tours can be scheduled for the week of May 7-13 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.

Participating water treatment plants:

  • City of Ithaca
  • Bolton Point
  • Cornell
  • Trumansburg
  • Groton
  • Dryden
  • Newfield

Water taste test participant

Results from previous years: Click Here

The Wonder of Water

The permanently adopted theme for National drinking Water Week is “The Wonder of Water”. Throughout the day, local governments, citizen organizations, and non-profits will be providing water taste tests, 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. For more detailed and updated information, please visit and

Cayuga Lake from the airGet to know Cayuga Lake!

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 12:30 p.m. from the Farmers’ Market dock. A 2-hour “Floating Classroom-style” eco-cruise will depart at 2:30, with a focus on Hydrillla 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 dock side 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


Water Plant Tours all week

Water Week tours can be scheduled for May 7–13, 2017 with the these treatment plants:
Bolton Point Water System
City of Ithaca Drinking Water Plant
Cornell Drinking Water Plant (255-3381),
Ithaca Area Waste Water Treatment Facility
Cayuga Heights
Sewage Treatment Plant (273-4461).

Please call to make arrangements.


Need more info?

For additional information please call Chris at the Tompkins County Health Department, Environmental Health Division, 607-274-6688. Or call the City of Ithaca Water Treatment Facility, 607-273-4680

For results of previous year's taste test click here.

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