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Annual Water Week & Water Taste Test

19th Annual Tompkins County Drinking Water Week and Water Taste Test

Water tasting eventWater Week Events
May 5, 2013

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, May 5th from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
   Where: Ithaca Farmer’s Market
              (3rd St. at Steamboat Landing, Ithaca).

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 in our water tasting test, find out which water you like best, and cast your vote! We use environmentally friendly compostable cups for this tasting.

Participating water treatment plants:
      • City of Ithaca
      • Bolton Point
      • Cornell
      • Trumansburg
      • Groton
      • Dryden
      • Newfield

Water taste test participant

Results from last year and 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 air 
Get 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

Take the
Tompkins County
"Pledge for Clean Water" at 

Water Plant Tours all week

To complement Water Week events, tours can be scheduled for May 6–10, 2013 with the these treatment plants:
Bolton Point Water System (277-0660),
City of Ithaca Drinking Water Plant (273-4680),
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 or Kristee at the Tompkins County Health Department, Environmental Health Division, 607-274-6688.

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

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