For the fourth year, the Virginia chapter of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) conducted a 3-day Water Distribution Seminar and Utility Rodeo. The event is modeled after the National AWWA Distribution & Plant Operations Conference, a leading educational conference for water system operators nationwide.
The tap water taste test is a non-scientific, friendly competition intended to highlight the importance of taste and quality in drinking water, a vital public health resource. A utility is only eligible to enter the Taste Test competition if they have no violations of bacteriological, chemical or monitoring data.
Here is how it was done: The water is at ambient temperature. Anyone attending the Rodeo is given numbered paper cups containing the samples of water. They record their choice of the best tasting water. The city with the most votes is awarded the Peoples’ Choice.
This year Chesapeake submitted water from the Northwest River Water Treatment Plant and received the Peoples’ Choice. Chesapeake, using the latest treatment processes such as reverse osmosis and microfiltration, knows how to make excellent drinking water.
It’s great to be recognized by water peers!