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The Westchester County Department of Health announced today that the winner of its annual water tasting contest is the Village of Croton-on-Hudson.
Westchester County residents participated in a blind taste test during the National Public Health Week celebration at the Galleria Mall in White Plains, on Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, to select their favorite drinking water. Over 130 participants tasted water from the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, City of Yonkers, City of Mount Vernon, Greenburgh, and Ossining Water Department.
“Water quality is paramount to public health. Drinking water quality is ensured through expanded monitoring and sampling of County water supplies,” stated County Executive Andy Spano. “Through various environmental protection projects, Westchester continues its commitment to Keep Westchester’s Water H2OK.”
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson was voted the best tasting water followed by Greenburgh, Yonkers, Mt. Vernon, and Ossining. This is Croton’s first time winning after several years of participation. Croton was also the only well water supplier in the contest; all of the others are surface water suppliers. The winner of this contest goes on to compete in the New York State water tasting contest.
“The Village of Croton-on-Hudson is very proud of the quality of our crystalline drinking water (see: Village Water Department). The water is of an extremely high quality coming from sand and gravel aquifers beneath the Croton River Basin,” stated Village Manager, Richard F. Herbek. “Many people who live in Croton enjoy the taste of our drinking water for its purity and some have even suggested that we bottle the water and sell it similar to other brand name spring quality water.”