MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler congratulates the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities for being the winner of the 25th annual Water Tasting Contest held at Chautauqua Mall on Saturday. The BPU draws its water from groundwater wells and serves 46,700 people in the City of Jamestown and surrounding communities. The Town of Cherry Creek and the Village of Mayville tied for second place. Other participants included Frewsburg, Sinclairville, Ripley and Westfield.
The format for the contest was a blind taste test where each community’s water was assigned a number, then the public was invited to try each one and vote for their favorite. Ronny Raindrop, the contest’s mascot, was present passing out balloons to kids and mingling with the volunteer judges adding to the festive atmosphere. The event is co-sponsored by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, the County Water Works Association and the County Water Quality Task Force.
Bill Boria, Senior Water Resource Specialist for the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services said, “Judging was very close making it tough for judges to decide which water was the best because they are all very good. This really supports the fact that our water operators work very hard to deliver the highest quality water possible to their customers. But water is all too often taken for granted until it becomes polluted or is not there when we turn on our taps. We all have a responsibility to conserve and protect our water by being careful what we do around our homes and businesses.”
Jamestown will now go on to the regional competition and compete against other county winners from Western New York. Schuyler and all of Chautauqua County wish Jamestown the best of luck as they compete for the title of Best Tasting Water in New York State.
For more information about your drinking water, ask your water provider for their most recent Annual Water Quality Report, which includes information about where your water comes, what it is tested for and the results of those tests. You may also contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human services at (716) 753-4481 or visit http://www.healthyCHQ.com.