New York, the only state with waterfront property on two great lakes and the ocean, knows from water. It means something, then, when a city or town is determined to have the best-tasting water in the state. This year, that honor goes to the Queen City of the Sound, New Rochelle.
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. announced on Tuesday that New Rochelle beat out nine other finalists to take first place at the 25th New York State Drinking Water Taste Test at the New York State Fair.
New Rochelle’s water was judged the best in the surface-source water systems category, besting entries from Bolton Point, Rochester and New York City. Yep, that New York City.
The Huguenots’ H2O was then pitted against the winner of the ground-water drinking sources category: Baldwinsville, a village in Onondaga County.
After nearly 300 tasters made their choice, victory was New Rochelle’s—by three votes. Congrats, New Rochelle.