LAKEWOOD - The village of Fredonia was the overall winner in the annual Water Tasting Contest held at Chautauqua Mall on Friday.
Jamestown placed second and also took the top spot in the groundwater category. Fredonia draws its water from a surface water reservoir.
More than 100 people judged the annual event which also included the following communities : Westfield, Brocton, Fredonia, Ripley, Frewsburg and Mayville.
"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," Bill Boria, water resource specialist. "This really supports the fact that we have some of the highest quality and best tasting water in New York state and also probably in the entire nation. 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 staff to safe guard our water resources, it takes everyone's help. We all have a responsibility to protect our water by being careful what we do around our homes and businesses so we do not pollute our streams, lakes and groundwater, which is the source of all of our drinking water."
Fredonia will now go on to represent Chautauqua County in the regional competition to be held in Rochester in July.