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Curbside Water Taste Test Held in White Plains

Cortlandt failed to repeat as the producers of the county's best tap water, losing out to Mount Vernon during Friday's taste test.

Mount Vernon has snagged the title of best municipal water source during the Westchester County Health Department's annuak tap water taste test Friday.

Mount Vernon received 47 votes. The runner-up was Briarcliff Manor Village, with 29 votes. Elmsford came in third, with 21 votes. Cortlandt Consolidated water won the event last year.

The event—held at the corner of Court Street and Martine Avenue—ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with health officials pouring pedestrians plastic cupfuls. The testers then filled out a quick form, selecting which cup tasted the best. About 180 people sampled the water, officials said.

Nok Siriphonlai, an associate engineer with the health department, told Patch the once-a-year taste test coincides with Drinking Water Week, and is used to gauge opinion.

"It's purely public input," she explained.

"We want to promote public awareness of safe drinking water," she added.

A total of nine municipalities had water present: White Plains, Briarcliff Manor, Elmsford, Mount Vernon, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Yonkers, Cortlandt and Peekskill.

Here's a list of past winners:

2012 – Cortlandt Consolidated

2011 – United Water New Rochelle

2010 - Ossining

2009 – Yonkers

2008 – Croton on Hudson

2007 – Yonkers

2006 – Croton on Hudson

2005 – United Water New Rochelle

2004 – Yonkers

2003 – Yonkers

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