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St. Lawrence County to hold municipal water taste-off

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POTSDAM — Had any good water recently?

The search for the best-tasting water in St. Lawrence County and New York state will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter, 7494 Route 11.

The state Department of Health sponsors an informal taste testing for counties across the state to determine where to find the best water.

The county Public Health Department and Water Quality Coordinating Committee also sponsor the taste-off. Public Health Sanitarian Myrna J. Barney said county municipalities will bring water samples to be taste-tested by the public.

Ms. Barney said it’s not a scientific experiment and the judging is “purely subjective.” She said it is happening mainly for educational purposes.

“There’s a lot of work involved in keeping the water supply safe and protecting the quality,” she said. “Most people take it for granted and turn on the tap without thinking about what goes on behind the scenes to make sure the water’s safe.”

The winner will go on to a regional event, and the final competition will be held at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, where the state’s best-tasting water will be crowned.

Canton won the St. Lawrence County taste-off last year against Ogdensburg. They were they only two participants.

“We’d like to see more participants compete this year,” Ms. Barney said. “The more, the better.”

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