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