From 9News.com (Christina Dickinson/Matt Renoux):
Thirteen cities in all put their water to the test, with first place winning the chance to move to the 2011 national round. Organizer Paul Fanning with the Pueblo Board of Water Works says for those trying to pick the best tasting water, the job can be hard in a place known to have some of the best water around…
Each glass of H2O is judged on taste and given a score from one being the worst, to 10 being the best. Aurora took third place, Silverthorne came in second and Denver water got the best scores of the day, winning first place and heading on to the national round.
More coverage from Alex Miller writing for the Summit Daily News. From the article:
This wasn’t a competition between high-end bottled waters or exotic H20 from faraway lands but, rather, an evaluation of tap water from Colorado and Wyoming municipalities. The occasion was a gathering at Keystone of water professionals as part of the joint conference of the American Water Works Association — Rocky Mountain Section and the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association. That works out to a lot of acronyms, but the bottom line was water and how to treat it for human consumption. As one of the judges in the “Best of the Rocky Mountains” water taste test Tuesday morning, I was charged with evaluating 13 water samples from different municipalities in a blind taste test with three other judges.
When I came across sample “C,” however, I figured I was close to a winner. The water was clean, crisp and devoid of any kind of unidentifiable smell or taste — yet it had a pleasant flavor and “finish” that ultimately yielded it a “10” on my scorecard. That it turned out to be from Silverthorne didn’t surprise me, since I lived in that town for many years and always loved the tap water. “We spend a lot of time on it,” said Town of Silverthorne water supervisor Chris Shelden of the water’s taste. “It’s all about keeping a minimal amount of treatment while still staying within the state and EPA guidelines for water quality.”
In first place was Denver Water, which one can justifiably point to as our water in the first place as a headwater county. The same goes for Aurora, the third-place finisher. If any other Summit County water providers competed, I wasn’t aware of it since none of them placed in the top six (rounded out by Broomfield, Centennial and Fort Morgan).
Here’s the release from Denver Water (Lori Peck):
Denver Water placed first in a taste test among water utilities in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico at the American Water Works Association Rocky Mountain Section’s (RMSAWWA) annual conference at Keystone Resort in Colorado. Today’s event was the Rocky Mountain Section’s third annual taste test and Denver Water’s second first-place ranking in the event.
A panel of four judges that included news media and AWWA President-Elect Jerry Stevens tasted 13 samples submitted by AWWA member utilities. Denver Water’s sample received the highest scores based on appearance, smell, taste and overall impression. The Town of Silverthorne and Aurora Water placed second and third, respectively.
“Denver Water’s mission is to provide our customers with high-quality water and excellent service,” said Ken Pollock, superintendent of water treatment for Denver Water. “The water utility members of the Rocky Mountain section of the AWWA bring strong competition each year. Our win reflects the dedication and commitment that Denver Water employees have to high-quality water”
Denver Water will represent the Rocky Mountain Section in the 2011 AWWA “Best of the Best” national taste test at the association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.
More water treatment coverage here.