Chautauqua County drinking water contest Saturday

MAYVILLE – Who will earn the title of “Best Tasting Drinking Water” in Chautauqua County for 2014? This will be decided on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood when waters from municipal drinking water systems in the county will be available for the public to taste and vote for which one they like best.

“This important contest helps celebrate National Drinking Water Week, an opportunity for us to encourage the public to protect and conserve our drinking water – the most important resource we have,” said Christine Schuyler, County Director of Health and Human Services. “Drinking water is all too often taken for granted until it becomes polluted or is not there when we turn on our taps. We use the Water Tasting Contest as a way to promote water stewardship and remind everyone that our everyday actions impact our streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater, which are the sources of everyone’s drinking water.”

The contest is co-sponsored by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, the Water Works Association and the Water Quality Task Force. This year’s participants include the villages of Brocton, Fredonia, Mayville and Sherman; the City of Jamestown, and the hamlet of Frewsburg.

The public is encouraged to stop by the Chautauqua Mall Saturday to sample each water and cast a vote for the “best tasting water” in Chautauqua County. Ronny Raindrop also will be on hand to pass out balloons and add to the festive atmosphere.

The provision of safe and adequate public drinking water supplies is core public health. “Managing public drinking water systems is hard work and requires dedication,” said Schuyler. “Water operators and health officials are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to water emergencies such as water main breaks. Our elected officials must also help by making water-responsible decisions and many of our municipalities have recently made, or are making, significant investments in our water infrastructure which is crucial to assure they are up to date and delivering the highest quality water possible.”

For more information on drinking water or any other services of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division, call 1-866-604-6789 or visit .