City of Miramichi wins annual Best of the Best Taste Test at ACE

The City of Miramichi in New Brunswick, Canada, won the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Best of the Best Water Taste Test. The City of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas, was named the winner of the People’s Choice Water Taste Test. The events, sponsored by Brown and Caldwell, included regional winners from water tasting competitions and was held at AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE23) in Toronto.

Second place in the Best of the Best Water Taste Test went to the City of Grand Junction in Colorado and third place went to Raleigh Water – Dempsey E. Benton Water Treatment Plant in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Best of the Best Water Taste Test is determined by a panel of judges that included trained water flavor profilers, and the People’s Choice Taste Test is determined by conference attendees.

The City of Miramichi is a city in northeast New Brunswick with a population of 18,500. It operates three separate water systems with each source from 19 active ground wells. Fifteen of the wells are fed directly into the distribution system and are disinfected by chlorine.

Other Best of the Best participants in the competition included:

  • Mobile Area Water & Sewer Systems in Mobile, Alabama;
  • Metropolitan Water District – Weymouth Plant in La Verne, California;
  • Danbury Water Department in Danbury, Connecticut;
  • City of Evanston in Evanston, Illinois;
  • City of Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa;
  • City of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas;
  • Plainfield Township in Plainfield Township, Michigan;
  • Independence Water in Independence, Missouri;
  • City of Bozeman in Bozeman, Montana;
  • Metropolitan Utilities District in Omaha, Nebraska;
  • Champlain Water District in South Burlington, Vermont;
  • Onondaga County Water Authority in Syracuse, New York;
  • Niagara Region in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada;
  • City of Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington;
  • Chester Water Authority in Nottingham, Pennsylvania;
  • Malpaso Water Treatment Plant at Penuelas in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico;
  • Ville de Windsor in Windsor, Quebec, Canada;
  • Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities in Orangeburg, South Carolina;
  • Houston Water in Houston, Texas;
  • Toronto Water in Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
  • Norfolk Utilities Department in Norfolk, Virginia;
  • City of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; and
  • Menasha Utilities in Menasha, Wisconsin.

ACE23 brought an estimated 10,000 water professionals to Toronto. It is the longest-running water conference in the world, having first convened in 1881. This year’s event included more than 440 expert presentations and an exposition featuring more than 450 exhibitors showcasing the latest in waterworks products, equipment, technology and services.

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