Alderwood Water and Wastewater District wins ‘Best of the Best’ Water Taste Test at ACE

The Alderwood Water and Wastewater District of Lynnwood, Wash., won the 13th annual Best of the Best Tap Water Taste Test at the AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE18). The event, which was sponsored by Layne, was composed of regional winners from water-tasting competitions across North America and was held at ACE in Las Vegas in June.

Second place in the taste test went to the City of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Third place in the competition went to the City of Moline, Ill. The People’s Choice award winner, as determined by the conference attendees, was awarded to the City of Hamilton, Ohio.

Incorporated in 1931, the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District (AWWD) is located in Lynnwood, Wash., approximately 20 miles north of Seattle. An organization with 140 employees, AWWD provides water and/or wastewater services to more than 250,000 people in Snohomish County and has more than 53,000 water accounts. The origin of the Artesian Well dates back to its original drilling in 1956. Alderwood’s artesian well site is a popular attraction in Lynnwood. People often come from significant distances to the well and wait in line for their turn to fill up their bottles and haul away the free water.

An esteemed judging panel rated each water system on its flavor characteristics. Judges included Ari Copeland, operations specialist for Black & Veatch; Jonathan Cuppett, research manager for The Water Research Foundation; and James Naylor, associate and project manager with Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Previous competition winners are Greeley, Colo. (2017), Bloomington, Minn. (2016), Big Sky, Mont. (2015), Boston Water and Sewer Commission (2014), Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utility (2007 and 2013), Fremont, Neb. (2012), Greenville, S.C. (2011), Stevens Point, Wis. (2010), Macon (Ga.) Water Authority (2009), Louisville (Ky.) Water Company (2008) and Illinois American Water, Champaign District (2006 and 2005).

ACE18 brought more than 12,000 water experts to Las Vegas in June. AWWA’s ACE is the longest-running water conference in the world, having first convened in 1881. The event features several hundred expert presentations and an exposition of more than 500 companies showcasing the latest innovations in water technology.

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