The Water Distribution department is responsible for the delivery of safe drinking with minimal interruptions. The goal of the water distribution program is to ensure that the water produced by the Water Treatment Plant is delivered to all City water customers without interruption, at appropriate pressure and is accurately measured for billing purposes. The City's water distribution system consists of 56 miles of water lines, 365 fire hydrants and approximately 500 gate valves.
Canandaigua Named State's Best Drinking Water
In a statewide competition held by the New York Section American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA), the City of Canandaigua's drinking water has been named "New York's Best Tasting Water." The city can now take part in the national competition held by the AWWA at its national conference in Denver, CO in June. Tap water from Canandaigua and other cities across the state were scored in a blind test according to their taste, odor, clarity, color, feel in the mouth, and aftertaste by a panel of judges at NYSAWWA's annual conference, held in Saratoga Springs, NY. Canandaigua received a total average score of 26.2, out of a possible 30 points. Latham Water District came in second and the Niagara County Water District received third place.
The City of Canandaigua Water Treatment Plant is located on West Lake Road in the Town of Canandaigua where it withdraws water from Canandaigua Lake. The Water Plant treats an average of 4 million gallons of water a day and supplies water to approximately 35,000 people. Water is supplied to properties within the: Town of Bristol, City of Canandaigua, Town of Canandaigua, Town of East Bloomfield, Town of Farmington, Town of Hopewell, Town of Manchester, and the Village of Manchester.
The Canandaigua Water Plant has six plant operators, who have over 100 years of combined experience in water treatment. "We are awful proud of our water and are glad to see it recognized. We are lucky to have such a good source of water to draw from. The people of the community have taken steps to protect the watershed and it has paid off." - said Peter Virkler, Chief Operator.