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May 19, 2006

Pulaski Takes Title for Oswego County’s Best-Tasting Drinking Water

MEXICO -- By a 2-vote margin, the village of Pulaski holds the new title for the best-tasting drinking water in Oswego County. Four water districts took part in the 16th annual contest, held May 6 at the Lake Ontario Bird Festival in Mexico.

Visitors to the bird festival were the judges, casting two votes for their favorite water sample and one vote for their second choice. When the final results were counted, Pulaski (sample “D,”) had received 110 votes; Mexico (sample “C,”) 108 votes; Orwell (sample “A,”), 76 votes; and Fulton (sample “B,”), 66 votes.

“There has been a friendly competition for several years, and last year Mexico edged out Pulaski by one point,” said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian, who coordinates the project for the county Health Department’s environmental division. “It was a cold and rainy day, and we thank all of the people who stopped by the festival to take part in the contest, our staff, and the water districts that participated.”

Pulaski’s water will be entered in a regional competition. Regional finalists will compete at the New York State Fair for the state’s best-tasting drinking water, a title held by Mexico in 2002 and 1991.

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