POTSDAM – The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the New York State Department of Health Canton district office are co-sponsoring the annual Water Taste-Off at the Potsdam Wal-Mart Supercenter from 11 a.m. to about noon Tuesday, May 13.
Each year since 1987, the New York State Department of Health has sponsored an informal drinking water taste test to find what people believe is the best tasting drinking water in New York State.
The process begins with local “taste-offs” where the local “best tasting water” is selected. The winner of the local taste-off then advances to a regional event and possibly all the way to the final competition at the New York State Fair.
At the state fair this summer, the “Best Tasting Water in New York State” will be determined.
At the May 13 event, everyone is welcome to taste water samples from each of the competing local water systems and vote for the best tasting water.
At the end of the event, the votes will be counted, and the “Best Tasting Water in St. Lawrence County will be announced.
Although it is not a scientific survey, these local taste-offs provide an excellent opportunity to promote drinking water and drinking water issues and have consistently proven to be a favorite among the drinking water professionals in St. Lawrence County.
“It’s mostly for education and fun,” said St. Lawrence County Public Health Sanitarian Myrna Barney.
Barney says the events are an opportunity to “educate people about how municipal water supplies are kept safe and good tasting, and to advise people about their own water supplies.”