Since we're on the topic of water, we must provide a splash of skepticism regarding the best tasting water contest, which was held on Friday at Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.
Is good-tasting water going to be a tonic for some economic development? Will it lead to people populating in a municipality where the water tastes best? Is the best tasting water the cheapest to produce?
At a time when we must have a regional water system in the north county, why the competition? We agree with Christine Schuyler of the county Health Department: "Many of our municipalities have recently made, or are making significant investments in our water infrastructure, which is crucial to assure they are up to date and delivering the highest quality water possible," she said in a press release announcing the contest.
But having separate water districts, in this day and age, is not efficient. In fact, for those wanting more regional initiatives in this county, it leaves a bitter taste.