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Aug. 24, 2006

Pulaski Water Advances to State Fair Competition

Mexico won in 2002 and 1991. Now it's Pulaski's chance to have a shot at the title of "Best-Tasting Drinking Water in New York State."

Visitors to the New York State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 29, will have a chance to decide for themselves if Pulaski's is the best-tasting water in the Empire State. The contest takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Colonnades near the state Department of Environmental Conservation building at the fairgrounds. The top two winners from five regional contests across the state will compete in the blind taste test.

The winner will be announced shortly after 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 said Manoj Ajmera, a retired engineer from the state Health Department who started the contest 20 years ago.

This is not the first time that water from Oswego County has been judged the best in the state. The village of Mexico won the title of New York State's best-tasting drinking water in 2002 and 1991.

Pulaski advanced to win the Central New York regional competition for best-tasting water earlier this month. In May, Pulaski won the Oswego County contest by a two-point margin at the Lake Ontario Bird Festival. The friendly competition has gone on for several years.

"Pulaski residents have always known our drinking water is the best, and it's great to have those who voted feel the same. County residents should be proud that the county has such an plentiful water resource," said Pulaski village Mayor Edward Delaney.

"The Pulaski and Mexico water districts both draw their water from the Tug Hill Aquifer," said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian who coordinates the contest for the Oswego County Health Department's environmental division. "Drinking water is something we often take for granted, and we are fortunate to have abundant sources of water in Oswego County. The best-tasting water contest helps remind people of the importance of protecting our aquifers and surface waters, in our own communities and across New York State."

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