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August 27, 2008"Let's all raise a glass to congratulate the Department of Environmental Protection on its victory at the New York State Water Taste Test at the State Fair in Syracuse. The City bested 150 other municipal water systems to win the title for best-tasting drinking water. Our drinking water system is the lifeblood of our City and the men and women of the Department of Environmental Protection, under the leadership of Commissioner Emily Lloyd, work tirelessly to uphold the high quality and integrity of our drinking water. As the filtration exemption granted by the US Environmental Protection Agency for Catskill/Delaware water supply shows, our water is exceptionally clean and tastes great. We are making major investments in the infrastructure that supports our water system to maintain our high standards for water for decades to come. For New York City residents and our visitors, the choice between bottled water and tap water is as easy as choosing between a frozen pizza and a slice from a New York pizzeria."