(Aug 31, 2017 – Bowling Green, KY) Judges at Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) Annual Conference and Exhibition held August 28-30, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Lexington Center in Lexington, Kentucky, have found the state’s best tasting water in Burkesville, Kentucky! On August 29, 2017, Burkesville Municipal Water Works was named the winner of a statewide competition to identify the tastiest water in Kentucky for 2017. Water samples are judged on clarity, taste and fragrance. A panel of four judges from various sectors of the water and wastewater industry that included Kay Sanborn, Kentucky/Tennessee Section – American Water Works Association; Steve Gott, S & K Equipment; and Community Program Specialists Robert Dunn and Rhonda Logan, USDA Rural Development, selected Burkesville’s water as the best in the state! Burkesville Municipal Water Works, whose water source is the Cumberland River, provides water to 2,300 homes, businesses and industries. In all, twenty water districts, water associations, and municipal utilities from around the state submitted samples of their water, straight from the tap.
Nearly 800 Representatives of Kentucky’s public drinking water and wastewater utilities gathered for the 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition. This year’s conference theme was entitled “Shaping the Future.” Attendees also enjoyed networking with their peers, and touring Kentucky’s largest exhibition of products and services available to public utilities.
Water Manager Ed Peretto proudly stated, “Burkesville Municipal Water Works came in second place last year, but this is the first time we have placed first and it’s still a shock! We do have the best water in Kentucky!” While the water from Burkesville Municipal Water Works was selected as the most appealing, second place was awarded to Hardin County Water District #2, with third place going to Prestonsburg City Utilities.
Because of the quality of the drinking water from Burkesville Municipal Water Works, Kentucky has a great chance of winning the national Best Tasting Water Contest in Washington, D.C., during the 2018 Rural Water Rally, an annual legislative event for the state affiliates of the National Rural Water Association. The competition is part of the Quality on Tap! campaign — emphasizing the high quality, great value and exceptional taste of America’s public drinking water.
The Kentucky Rural Water Association is a statewide, non-profit association that provides training, on-site technical assistance, advocacy, and other services to utilities, including over 360 member public drinking water and wastewater utilities, in Kentucky. With offices in Bowling Green and Frankfort, KRWA has been fulfilling its mission of helping water and wastewater utilities help themselves since 1979.
Pictured left to right: William Ballard, KRWA President; Burkesville Municipal Water Works Superintendent, Ed Peretto; and Gary Larimore, KRWA Executive Director.
Kentucky Rural Water Association
1151 Old Porter Pike
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103
Contact Person: Pamela G. Byrd (270-843-2291)