Last May, the Westchester County Department of Health held its annual water-tasting contest in White Plains, and the winner of the blind taste-test was a glass of our very own New Rochelle water.

But the real challenge wouldn’t come until the New York State Fair going on right now in Syracuse. New Rochelle’s water was put to the test against regional winners from all over the state. After surviving a brutal semi-final round against New York City’s famous water and being named the best surface-source water in the state, New Rochelle faced down groundwater-source champion Baldwinsville. The tasting was neck-and-neck, but the final victory and statewide championship, by three votes, went to … New Rochelle!

Just a little something to consider before you buy a bottle of water from some exotic, faraway land. (Or before your next bath.)