Albany’s water: best in the nation?

Albany's water was selected to be among five finalists in a national competition.

City water seems to have a national appeal.

Albany’s water was selected to be among five finalists in a competition that included 77 entries from around the country. The city joins Rochester, N.Y., Denton, Texas, Racine, Wash., and Pembrook Pines, Fla., in the contest sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“It’s a tremendous honor for the city of Albany,” said Mayor Gerald Jennings in a statement released today. “Albany loves its drinking water and we’re enormously proud that the rest of America understands what a national treasure we have here in our own city.”

Albany’s water was selected by a panel of six judges. The competition will conclude in June, when mayors from 200 cities will select a winner.

The city’s water originates from the Alcove reservoir, which was constructed in Coeymans during the 1920s. It is purified at the city’s treatment plant in Feura Bush before being piped to Albany.

Albany received the designation as New York’s best-tasting water during the state fair in Syracuse last summer. It marked the second time Albany’s water has won top honors since 2007.

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