You’re in class and you raise your hand and ask to go get a drink from the water fountain. They say yes, and you’re on your way, but outside in the hallway you pause. Where are you going to get a drink where it actually tastes good?
I used to ask the same thing. So I went on a journey around the halls of Schenectady High School and its 25 fountains in search of the best tasting water.
B Wing & Main Hallway: I first started out testing the water in the B wing. The B wing contains a total of three water fountains. All three tasted slightly like iron except for the one fountain next to Room B17, which I ranked as the worst tasting water in the whole school.
After that I headed down the main hallway. I tried the newest fountain in the building, next to the Guidance Office. The water was good and tasted clean, but it was not the coldest I had tasted.
As I kept heading down the hallway I came across the fountain by the Commons. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst, I rated it an 8. After that I came to the fountains outside the ISS room, I ranked them both a 2.
FA Wing: The FA wing is known for the coolest water, and it’s true. The downstairs fountains both got my top score with 1s. Upstairs there are four more. The two by FA26 and the two by FA20 are all ranked as 1s, but overall the upstairs FA water fountains are the coldest in the building.
Heading over to the gym I went to the only two I knew of outside the gym by the doors that you can leave out of during lunch. Both of the water fountains tasted good but they weren’t that cold. But I do know, from experience, that those water fountains are sometimes cold and sometimes they aren’t.
E Wing & A Wing: The E wing is exactly what I had expected. They are the fountains that are sort of new, but the piping is bad, thus it tastes of rust. This whole entire wing is bad, steer clear of it. If I had to rank it, the whole wing would get a 9, officially naming it the worst wing to drink water from. Seriously if you’re dying for a drink, don’t go there.
In the middle hallway of D wing, there are two fountains both rated at a 5, so they’re safe to drink, just not the best. Problems include the presence of garbage in these and they don’t have good water pressure, but they are still good to drink from.
The A wing has two fountains rated as 4s. They are both safe to drink and surprisingly cold. The one by A2 was actually colder than the other at A14.
So which wings are the ones to avoid getting water from? That would be the B and E wings. Both tasted of iron and left a horrible aftertaste in my mouth. The best fountains to get water from are by the ISS Room, down by FA, the gym water fountains, the two in the A wing and all 6 in the FA wing.