MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler congratulates the Village of Cherry Creek for being the winner of the 24th Annual Water Tasting Contest held at Chautauqua Mall on May 13. The Village draws its water from groundwater wells and serves just under 500 people. The City of Jamestown BPU who won the contest last year finished second. Other participants included the City of Dunkirk, Town of Carroll (Frewsburg) and the Village of Mayville.
The public was invited to judge which of the five waters they liked the best by tasting each one and voting for their favorite. Ronny Raindrop, the contest’s mascot, was present passing out balloons to children 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.
Water Resource Specialist Bill Boria said the judging was very close and it was tough for judges to decide which water was the best because they were 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,” said Boria. “But water is all too often taken for granted until it becomes polluted or is not there when we turn on our taps. This is especially relevant today as the Village of Brocton faces a water emergency and had to turn off water service to its customers.”
Village and town water operators and others are working together to fix a large water main leak and restore water service to Brocton as quickly as possible.
Boria said, "We all have a responsibility to conserve and protect our water by being careful of what we do around our homes and businesses so we don’t waste it and keep it from getting polluted."
The Village of Cherry Creek will now go on to the regional competition against other county winners from Western New York. Schuyler and all of Chautauqua County wish Cherry Creek 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 its 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.co.chautauqua.ny.us/.