(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!”
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.