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City of Franklin Brings Home the Bronze!

City of Franklin Brings Home the Bronze!

(February 9, 2017 – Bowling Green) – If you’re looking for a drink of some of the best tasting water in the nation, go to Franklin, Kentucky! In this southcentral Kentucky community, all you need to do is turn on the faucet for pure “Quality on Tap!”

Representing the state of Kentucky, the City of Franklin, was one of the top three finalists at the Annual Great American Water Taste Test, held February 8, 2017, in Washington D.C. Walking away with the Bronze Medal, Franklin finished third out of 39 states submitting water samples! The taste test is held each year on Capitol Hill in conjunction with National Rural Water Association’s (NRWA) Rural Water Rally, an annual legislative event for the state affiliates of NRWA. Nothing is more precious than safe, high quality drinking water straight from the tap. The Kentucky Rural Water Association represents nearly 400 water and wastewater utilities in Kentucky as an affiliate of the National Rural Water Association.

The other winners included City of Monroe, Utah (taking the Silver) and Aspen Pines Water and Sewer, Wilson, Wyoming (winning the Gold). The five finalists also included Steele, North Dakota. and Consolidated Baseyards Public Water System 258 from Wailuku, Hawaii. Finalists are selected in a preliminary round, with the finals judged by a panel of expert guest judges. This year’s panel included U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Deputy Staff Director, Fitzhugh Elder, IV; Joe Gilson, USDA Water and Environmental Programs; Nicole Schindler; Senior Engineer, USDA Water and Environmental Programs; Community Programs Specialist, Lisa Chesnel; and USDA Rural Development Archaeologist, Basia Howard. The water was judged on three attributes: clarity, bouquet, and taste. States conduct preliminary competitions selecting the best water to represent their state at the national finals. City of Franklin won Kentucky’s contest at the KRWA Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition this past August in Lexington.