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The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced that Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utility won its annual "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test. The event, comprised of North American winners of state and regional water-tasting competitions, was held at the AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE07) in Toronto.
The "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test pitted water utilities around North America against one another to determine which utility has the best tasting water.
Monte Hannon, water quality superintendent of the Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utility, said, "We're extremely proud to be selected as the winner of the ‘Best of the Best’ Water Taste Test. We know our competition was very impressive. This honor is a testament to all of our operators and employees who provide Oklahoma City residents with the best quality water available."
Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater previously won the AWWA Southwest Section tasting competition to earn a berth at the event.
Second place in the competition was awarded to Water district No. 1 of Johnson County, Kan. Local host Toronto Water earned third place.
A judging panel rated each water system on their flavor characteristics. Judges included Jennifer Bain, food editor of The Toronto Star; Joel Manning, brewmaster of Mill Street Brewery, a leading Toronto microbrewery; Djanette Khiari, chair of the AWWA Taste and Odor Committee; Mike McGuire, former chair of the Taste and Odor Committee; and Mel Suffet of the School of Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles.
Suffet commented, "This was an extremely close competition decided by very few points. Each utility truly earned the right to take part in today's international competition. We appreciate every utility's interest."