Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00
The week of May 2 through 6 is National Drinking Water Week, a celebration of the vital role that water plays in our daily lives and in our communities. The Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) will mark the occasion with their 26th annual Best-Tasting Water Contest, taking place at the Campus Commons at Farmingdale State College.
Throughout the week, the LIWC will invite students and the general public to sample tap water from several different water suppliers and vote on which tastes best. Over two-dozen water suppliers from across Long Island will participate. The week will culminate with a press conference announcing the winner of the tasting contest on Thursday afternoon, with the regional winner moving on to the New York State competition.
“Long Island is home to one of the most abundant natural water reserves in the country,” said Karl Schweitzer, chairman of the Long Island Water
Conference. “Our local water suppliers work diligently to protect this precious resource from contamination and ensure that the water we deliver is not only safe and reliable, but great tasting as well.”
A well-maintained water system is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. Many people often take our water resources for granted, but National Drinking Water Week serves as a reminder of how important it is to conserve and protect our natural water supplies.
“Our goal is to provide our residents with the purest, best-tasting water on Long Island,” Chairman Schweitzer said. “Through public awareness, we can work together to preserve our water supply for future generations to enjoy.”
The Long Island Water Conference is an association of Long Island water suppliers whose members serve over 90 percent of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, an area more populous than 20 states.