AWWA Tap Water Taste Test

Taste Test Logo Each year winners of the AWWA Section taste tests compete for the titles of People's Choice and Best of the Best during the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition

Congratulations to the 2015 taste test winner - Big Sky County Water & Sewer District!  


Read the rules below and learn how to create your own Section taste test.

To access information about AWWA's operator competitions visit the ACE Competitions Page. 

Taste Test Rules

Eligibility
  • The People's Choice and Best of the Best Tap Water Taste Tests are open to the most recent winners of AWWA Section taste tests (the previous year's winner if they hold their test after ACE; the current year's winner if they hold their test before ACE).
  • Section winners must not have incurred any state or federal drinking water violations (MCL, monitoring, recordkeeping, etc.) during the previous 12 months.
  • The local utility for the ACE host city and the previous year's Best of the Best winner will be invited to participate in the taste test as well.

Requirements
  • Personal attendance is required for the competition. If there will not be a representative from a competing water system attending ACE, the director of the system may appoint an alternate representative from the Section to submit their sample and attend the contest on their behalf.
  • Six samples should sent, each in a one liter container. Glass containers are preferable, but utilities can use the container of their choosing. Each sample should be clearly identified with the name of the water system and Section it represents.
  • Samples must be shipped to the location specified by the date specified. If utilities have issues shipping their samples, they may email Deirdre Mueller.
  • Samples will be served at room temperature to help the judges better assess each sample.
  • Section winners who have incurred any state or federal drinking water violations (MCL, monitoring, recordkeeping, etc.) during the previous 12 months are not eligible to compete. Questions about this policy may also be addressed to Deirdre Mueller

Contest judging
  • Judging for the People's Choice award will be open to all ACE attendees.
  • The official Best of the Best judging panel will be a mix of local public figures and flavor-profile analyzers.
  • Samples will be judged on a 10-point scale from Good (1) to Best (10).
  • Scores will be tabulated and the winner will be announced immediately following the contest.
  • Only the winning three samples will be announced – samples will not be ranked nor will scores be released.