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Westfield ties for 2nd place in countywide water contest

May 19, 2016
Westfield Republican

Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler congratulates the City of Jamestown for being the overall winner in the annual Water Tasting Contest held at Chautauqua Mall held on Saturday.

Jamestown's water system is owned and operated by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities who serves over 47,000 people. Jamestown relies on groundwater wells as its source of water and also won the best tasting groundwater category.

The City of Dunkirk and Village of Westfield tied for second overall and won the best tasting surface water category. Dunkirk draws water from Lake Erie and Westfield uses a reservoir; both have high-tech treatment facilities that filter and treat surface water. Other participants in the contest included the villages of Brocton, Fredonia, and Mayville, and the town of Carroll (Frewsburg).

One hundred and twenty people were taste testers during the event that 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 are all very good. "This really supports the fact that all of our water operators work very hard to deliver the highest quality water possible to their customers," said Boria. "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 it does not get polluted."

The City of Jamestown will now go on to the regional competition to compete against other county winners from Western New York, which is scheduled for Aug. 2 in Rochester.

For more information about your drinking water, ask your water provider for their 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 753-4481 or visit



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