Louisville Water Co. Wins Water Taste Test

The Louisville (Ky.) Water Company won the "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta.

The Louisville Water Company has provided water to residents of Louisville and surrounding areas since 1860. The agency previously won AWWA's Kentucky/Tennessee Section tasting competition to earn a berth in national event.

The Mal Paso Filtration Plant in Puerto Rico took second place while the water utility of Blythe, Ga., earned third place.

Other "Best of the Best" participants included: city of Aurora, Ill.; Jordon Valley Water Conservation District, Utah; Ames Water Treatment Plant, Iowa; city of Emporia, Kan.; Edwardsburg Municipal Water, Mich.; city of Albany, N.Y.; city of High Point, N.C.; Grand Forks Water Utility, N.D.; Medford Water Commission, Ore.; city of Clarksville, Texas; Western Virginia Water Authority, Va.; and La Crosse Water Utility, Wis.

Meridith Ford, dining critic for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Gil Kulers, a certified wine educator and contributor to the newspaper; Adam Murphy, CBS 46 News consumer investigator; Stephen Booth, chair of the AWWA's Taste and Odor Committee; and Linda Schweitzer, associate professor of chemistry and environmental science at Oakland University in Michigan formed the judging panel and rated each water system on flavor characteristics.

This is the fourth year of the national competition. Previous winners are the Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utility (2007) and Illinois American Water, Champaign District (2006 and 2005).