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Best of the Best Taste Test

Winners of AWWA Section taste tests will compete for the titles of “People’s Choice” and “Best of the Best” during ACE24. 

The local utility for the ACE host city and the most recent Best of the Best winner will be invited to participate. 

Entry is open to AWWA utility members from within the United States and Canada. Entrants must not have incurred any U.S. or Canadian state, provincial or federal drinking water violations (MCL, MAC, monitoring, recordkeeping, etc.) during the previous calendar year.

To enter contact Dave Gaylinn, AWWA Senior Public Affairs Specialist
at dgaylinn@awwa.org

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2023 Best of the Best Winners

The “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test is comprised of regional AWWA section winners of water taste test competitions. A panel of esteemed judges rates each water sample on its flavor characteristics.

First Place: City of Miramichi, NB from the Atlantic Canada Section
Second Place: Grand Junction, CO from the Rocky Mountain Section
Third Place: Raleigh Water, NC from the North Carolina Section


2023 People's Choice Competition Winners

The winner of the “People’s Choice” award is determined by conference attendees.

First Place: City of Emporia, Emporia, KS
Second Place: City of Vancouver, Vancouver, WA
Third Place: Menasha Utilities, Menasha, WI


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