Water provider secures top honor at AWWA ACE15
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) announced that the Big Sky County Water & Sewer District in Big Sky, Mont., has won the 11th annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test. The event, composed of regional winners from water tasting competitions across North America, was held at AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE15) in Anaheim, Calif.
The Big Sky County Water & Sewer District is a special purpose unit of government organized to regulate and operate the public water and sewer systems of Big Sky. Its source water is untreated groundwater.
Second place in the competition was awarded to Universal City, Texas. Third place in the competition was a tie between the Albuquerque (N.M.) Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and last year’s champions, the Boston Water & Sewer Commission. The People’s Choice award winner, as determined by the conference attendees, went to Champlain Water District of South Burlington, Vt.
Other Best of the Best participants in the competition included Arcadia (Wis.) Water Utility; City of Anaheim (Calif.) Public Utilities Department; City of Chelsea, Mich.; City of Fargo, N.D.; City of Hamilton, Ohio; Latham (N.Y.) Water District; City of Tallahassee (Fla.) Underground Utilities; City of Tulsa, Okla.; City of Universal City, Texas; Chester (Pa.) Water Authority; Duck River Utility Commission, Tullahoma, Tenn.; Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, Herriman, Utah; Georgetown County Water & Sewer District, Pawley’s Island, S.C.; Henry County Water Authority, Jackson, Ga.; Leeds (Ala.) Water Works Board; Lincoln (Neb.) Water System; Merchantville Pennsauken (N.J.) Water Commission; Moorhead (Minn.) Public Service; North Park Public Water District, Machesney, Ill.; Puerto Rico Aqueduct & Sewer Authority, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Spotsylvania County Utilities, Fredericksburg, Va.; Valley Water District, Puyallup, Wash.; Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Laurel, Md.; WaterOne, Kansas City, Kan., and West Virginia American Water, Charleston, W.V.
A judging panel rated each water system on its flavor characteristics. Judges included James Naylor, project manager for Alan Plummer Associates; Cliff Shrive, senior principal for Stantec Consulting; and Patrick Planton, senior principal for Short Elliott Hendrickson.
This is the 11th year AWWA has held the national competition. Previous winners are Boston Water & Sewer Commission (2014), Oklahoma City Water & Wastewater Utility (2007 and 2013), Fremont, Neb. (2012), Greenville, S.C. (2011), Stevens Point, Wis. (2010), Macon (Ga.) Water Authority (2009), Louisville (Ky.) Water Co. (2008) and Illinois American Water, Champaign District (2005 and 2006).