Chesapeake municipal water was recently declared the “Judge’s Choice Tap Water” in a non-scientific taste test conducted by the Virginia Chapter of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The event, modeled after AWWA’s national competition, was conducted as part of the organization’s annual Water Distribution Seminar and Utility Rodeo.
To achieve the “Judge’s Choice” award, Chesapeake water was rated in four categories: Clarity, Odor, Flavor, and Aftertaste. In addition, Taste Test entrants must have no violations in their bacteriological, chemical, or monitoring data, based on EPA and other standards.
“We are extremely pleased to receive both this award and the validation that Chesapeake does, indeed, have great tasting water,” said Public Utilities Director, David Jurgens. “We know that 20 years ago, salt water often found its way into our water source, making for less than satisfying drinking water. Today, with enhanced technology and treatment processes, that is no longer the case. This award is another step in dispelling the false perceptions which still linger among some people that Chesapeake’s water has taste issues.”
Competitors in the Taste Test represented municipal water providers from throughout eastern Virginia, including: the Cities of Virginia Beach, Fairfax, and Newport News, along with Spotsylvania and Chesterfield counties, and others. Spotsylvania County was the defending champion, having won in 2015.
Chesapeake’s municipal water will now go on to the national AWWA Taste Test competition in September. The City’s Public Utilities Department serves more than 185,000 people, providing an average of 15.5 million gallons of water each day.
For more about the Chesapeake Public Utilities Department and the services they provide to customers, visit CityOfChesapeake.net/Water.