The City of Canandaigua’s drinking has won multiple statewide water competitions. 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” in 2013 and 2017 and came in second place in 2019. Additionally, the City of Canandaigua’s water won the best tasting water for the Western NY region at the NY State Fair.
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.
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 4.25 million gallons of water a day and supplies water to approximately 42,000 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, the Village of Manchester, and Wayne County.