OCWA – Central New York’s Water Authority – held a press conference on Tuesday, April 23rd to announce the Authority’s Trust Your Tap campaign and to highlight the advantages of using and drinking OCWA tap water. Onondaga County legislators joined OCWA leaders for a post-Earth Day cleanup event, which was then followed by the press conference.

Did you know?

OCWA tap water is locally sourced, treated and tested each day and only costs one cent per gallon, making it safe and cost effective to drink. Tap water also is the most environmentally friendly water to drink as it uses less energy and produces less waste than bottled water. On top of that, OCWA water was recently judged the “Best Tasting Drinking Water” in New York State, recognition the Authority has received for two consecutive years. This year, water from OCWA’s Otisco Lake Water Treatment Plant (WTP) took the first-place prize.  Last year, Lake Ontario water was judged “Best Tasting Drinking Water” in New York state.  The contest was hosted by the New York Section of the American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA).

The Trust Your Tap campaign is being launched in conjunction with Earth Day 2024 after recent news reports and articles have disclosed that some bottled water sold in stores can contain 10 to 100 times more bits of plastic than previously estimated. OCWA has been mailing educational inserts to customers since March of this year. The Authority has also placed additional information on OCWA’s website at www.ocwa.org.


OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—was established by act of the New York State Legislature in 1951 and currently serves approximately 500,000 residents in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Oneida counties. The Authority is among the 125 largest public drinking water systems in the country, operating two major water treatment facilities, over 2,200 miles of main, 14,100+ fire hydrants, 63 storage facilities, and 48 pump stations.