This crystal clear body of water, three-quarters of a mile around, sits above the Strathmore neighborhood and provides drinking water for much of Syracuse. The water comes from Skaneateles Lake, 20 miles away and almost 500 feet higher, with very little treatment. Skaneateles Lake is one of the cleanest bodies of water in the world, according to the water department. The groundwater running into it is carefully monitored. We are very fortunate.