OSWEGO — The Oswego County Health Department's Environmental Division will hold the 29th annual Tap Water Taste Contest Thursday, June 27, from 4:15 to 8 p.m. at the Oswego Farmers' Market on West First Street in Oswego.

Participants will vote for their favorite samples of drinking water from municipal systems in Oswego County, and health department staff will distribute educational materials to consumers about safe drinking water in their community.

“The goal of the Tap Water Taste Contest is to raise public awareness of the value and quality of public drinking water through a fun and friendly non-scientific competition," Judith Grandy said, Director of Environmental Health for the Oswego County Health Department. "Not only do community water systems compete to be acknowledged for their achievements, the contest also provides an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the processes necessary to deliver clean and safe water for public use and consumption."

Last year, the Town of Richland water supply was the first place winner of the local contest, and the Village of Mexico water supply took second place. The Village of Cleveland water supply came in third, and the City of Oswego water supply came in fourth.

The winner of the local competition will advance to the regional competition, and regional winners will compete statewide at New York State Fair in Syracuse. Awards are presented to the regional and state winners at the state fair to celebrate and acknowledge their achievements.

The Tap Water Taste Contest (formerly known as the Best-Tasting Drinking Water Contest) has been held in New York State since 1986 and is organized statewide by the Water and Wastewater Education and Outreach Committee. Committee members represent federal and state government agencies, professional associations, public and private organizations, community leaders, and training providers. Its mission is to elevate, promote, and attract talented individuals into the water profession, and to raise awareness of the value of water and wastewater services with the public and elected officials in New York State and nationwide.

For information on the Tap Water Taste Contest, call the Oswego County Health Department at (315) 349-3557. For information on the Oswego Farmers’ Market visit http://www.oswegofultonchamber.com/farmers-market.html.

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