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Croton-on-Hudson Wins Westchester Water Tasting Contest

May 6, 2008

The Westchester County Department of Health held its annual water tasting contest today at which residents sampled water from four of the County’s municipalities and proclaimed Croton-on-Hudson their favorite.

The blind taste test was held in recognition of National Drinking Water Week outside of the Michaelian Office Building on Martine Avenue in White Plains from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nearly 140 people sampled water from the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of Greenburgh, City of Yonkers, and City of Peekskill.

Croton-on-Hudson received the most votes (40), followed by Greenburgh (37), Yonkers (31), and Peekskill (30). Of the municipalities that participated, Croton-on-Hudson was the lone well water supplier.

For additional information about the contest or other water quality initiatives, contact the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-813-5000 or visit

On May 7, 2008 8:36 AM, waffels said:

Teadrinkers point is very important to look at…we “hope”(!) that the villages water isn’t affected. The decision was a rush job and not enough thought put to it and once it’s done it’s done no changing the outcome. Obviously the current pipe conditions don’t affect our water as is based on the H2O award. Posting the public notice of meetings related to this wasn’t enough. The word needs to get out that this is happening because I bet that most of the residents of this village don’t realize what is in play. Spread the word.

On May 7, 2008 7:14 AM, Leo Wiegman said:

I agree this is more great news. Croton Water was also #1 in the 2006 Taste Test and a runner up in 2007. Here are some related notes:

  • This is National Drinking Water Week May 4 - 10, 2008
  • “Marc” suggests the village “trademark Croton Water in order to make sure that the rights to the name are secured” and study the feasibility of Bob Scott’s suggestion that Croton might be able to bottle and sell its water.
  • What kind of nature-friendly bottle would we use for our Croton Water?
-Leo Wiegman

On May 6, 2008 9:00 PM, TeaDrinker said:

Great news! And such perfect timing after Cornelia Cotton was talking about Croton’s world-famous drinking water at last night’s village board meeting. Perhaps she’s right, Croton should install a fountain to pay tribute.

I only hope that Mayor Schmidt’s plan to inject Croton’s water supply with the chemical additive zinc orthophosphate doesn’t alter its taste.


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