06/16/2011 10:52 am ET Updated Aug 16, 2011

The American Water Works Association Ranks Denver Water As Second Best Tasting In The Nation

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced its “Best of the Best” water taste taste results during their annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday and Denver Water from Denver, Colorado placed second in a comprehensive national taste test of state water utilities.

Denver Water tied for second with Glencoe Water Utility from the Village of Glencoe, Illinois. First place went to Greenville Water System from Greenville, South Carolina.

Denver Water competed against 24 other water utility competitors from across the country, all of which won regional competitions to be considered in the national “Best of the Best” taste test. The Denver Post reports that Denver Water won the regional competition among Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Other “Best of the Best” participants in the competition included: Anchorage (AK) Water and
Wastewater Dept.; City of Anniston, AL; City of Arlington (TX) Water Utilities; City of Baltimore, MD; City of Cashmere, WA; Cooper City (FL) Utilities Department; City of Fremont, NE; Hamilton (OH) Public Water System; Kansas City (KS) Board of Public Utilities; Louisville (KY) Water Company; Mancelona (MI) Area Water and Sewer Authority; Manchester (NH) Water Works; City of Mayville, ND; Moorhead (MN) Public Service; Artesian Water Company, Newark, DE; Rio Arriba, PR; City of Rocky Mount, NC; Sioux (SD) Rural Water System; Sun Valley (ID) Water and Sewer District; Washington (DC) Aqueduct; and City of Watertown (WI) Water Department.

The judging panel, comprised of water utility professionals, engineers, professors and reporters, rated each city's water system on its flavor characteristics.

The AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world aimed at improving the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond.