Jamestown BPU water voted best tasting in Chautauqua County

MAYVILLE Chautauqua County Director of Health & Human Services Christine Schuyler congratulates the City of Jamestown for being the overall winner in the annual Water Tasting Contest held at Chautauqua Mall on Friday. The Village of Fredonia placed second and also took the top spot in the surface water category. Jamestown draws its water from a number of ground water sources.

More than 100 people judged the annual event which also included the following communities with the number they were assigned for the event in parenthesis: Westfield (1), Brocton (3), Fredonia (2), Ripley (4), Frewsburg (8), Mayville (7), Sherman (5) and Jamestown (6). The contest was held during Media One’s annual Health & Wellness Expo at the Mall, which provided for a great turnout of judges.

Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria said, “As always, the judging was very close and it was tough for judges to decide which water was the best because they are all very good. This really supports the fact that we have some of the highest quality and best tasting drinking water in New York state. Our local water operators work very hard to deliver the highest quality water possible to their customers but it’s not just up to water supply managers and utility staffs to safe guard our water resources, it takes everyone’s help. We all have a responsibility to protect our water by being careful with what we do around our homes and businesses so we do not pollute our streams, lakes and groundwater – the source of all of our drinking water.”

Jamestown will now go on to represent Chautauqua County in the regional competition to be held in Rochester in July.

For more information on drinking water or any other services of the Chautauqua County Health Department, please call 1-866-604-6789 or visit and click on “Environmental Health.”