Glasgow Water Company is a Third-time Winner of Best Tasting Water Contest!


Glasgow Water Company is a Third-time Winner of Best Tasting Water Contest!

(Bowling Green, KY) Judges for Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Best Tasting Water contest have found the state’s best tasting water in Barren County, Kentucky! On August 24, 2020, during KRWA’s virtual Business Meeting, Glasgow Water Company was named the winner, for the third time, in a statewide competition to identify the tastiest water in Kentucky for 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the judging panel was changed. Three judges from various sectors gathered separately at the KRWA office and rated the water samples on clarity, taste and fragrance. The judges included Timothy Gilliam of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office, Casey Tinius with Landmark Financial Advisors, and Eric Sexton with the Barren River Area Development District. Although the scores were very close, Glasgow Water Company’s sample was selected as the best tasting water in the state!

Glasgow Water Company (GWC) is a municipally owned water and wastewater utility that has been serving their community for over 70 years. The GWC operates two water treatment plants, both treating surface water. They are the Barren River Reservoir Water Treatment Plant (A) located in Lucas, and the Beaver Creek Water Treatment Plant (B) located north of Glasgow. The Barren River Reservoir Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source is Barren River Lake while the Beaver Creek Water Treatment Plant draws raw water from Beaver Creek. The GWC maintains 884 miles of water mains serving over 17,000 water customers.

On winning this award, General Manager Scott Young proudly stated, “Our people make us an industry leader and an organization for which our community can be proud. Our staff is dedicated to the customers we serve and our mission to provide the highest quality water and wastewater services at the lowest possible cost.”

Because of the quality of the drinking water from Glasgow Water Company, Kentucky has a great chance of winning the national Best Tasting Water contest in Washington, D.C., during the 2021 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.

In all, twenty-one water districts, water associations, and municipal utilities from around the state submitted samples of their water, straight from the tap. While the water from Glasgow Water Company was selected as the most appealing, there was a tie with second/third place honors going to Warren County Water District and Barkley Lake Water District, and a fourth-place finish for Fort Campbell Utility.

The Best Tasting Water contest is normally held during KRWA’s Annual Conference. This year’s concerns of health and safety issues for our membership brought about the decision to cancel our 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition. 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.

Contact Information:
Kentucky Rural Water Association
1151 Old Porter Pike
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103
Contact Person: Pamela G. Byrd (270-843-2291)
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