This year, something wasn’t in the water.

Six months after the Dix Hills Water District stopped a two-year stretch in which it had to chlorinate the area's water, the agency has returned to its former glory, recapturing the coveted position of having the best-tasting water in Suffolk County.

The district has won the distinction for the sixth time in 20 years. It also won in 1990, 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2008, winning the New York State contest in 2000.

The district, run by the Town of Huntington, was notified of the win on May 4 after a blind taste test at Farmingdale State College as part of the Suffolk County Water Conference’s celebration of National Drinking Water Week.

Dix Hills will now face off against Nassau’s winner, the Westbury Water District, for the Long Island title and the right to compete in the statewide competition.

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According to the district’s spring 2010 newsletter, small amounts of bacteria were detected in 2007 in the water because of a water-main break, requiring it to add small amounts of chlorine to disinfect the water from August 2007 through September 2009. It was given the OK to stop chlorinating in October.

The result: Bragging rights.