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Our water deemed tastiest
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Pictured is grade 4 operator Rob Bernhardt analyzing a jar test which is used to measure the amount of chemicals to add to the water. Since the weather is changing, employees are constantly testing the water and chemicals.

McMinnville has the best tasting water in the region, according to a contest that compared the city’s water with that of six other water utilities. This is the second time McMinnville has won this contest since 2016.

“All of those plants do a great job treating water,” said Water Treatment Plant manager Ricky Morton. The city’s Water Department won the Region 4 Best Tasting Water Contest sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts. The competition took place at the Park Theater on Feb. 25. The drinking water samples were judged on clarity, bouquet and taste. Morton gives credit for the win to the city’s entire water processing system and its employees. “It’s our distribution workers, not just those in the plant,” he said. “The region is lucky to have all the systems because they all do a great job.” 

Morton praised the other treatment systems in the region saying, “I can’t even tell a difference in the tastes.” He said all the different plants work very hard to have the best water for their citizens.

Region 4 consists of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Trousdale, Warren and White counties. In addition to the city and two county utilities, other utilities from Region 4 submitting drinking water samples for the competition were Byrdstown Water Department, Warren County Utility District, the city of Crossville, and West Warren-Viola Utility District.

The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts will conduct the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee Contest in each of the association’s 11 regions by the end of May. The winner of each region will participate in a statewide competition at TAUD’s annual conference. 

The statewide winner will then represent Tennessee in the Great American Taste Test held in conjunction with the National Rural Water Association Rally in Washington D.C.

Founded in 1957, The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts serves as the state’s main source of training, technical assistance and advocacy for more than 400 water, wastewater and natural gas utility members in Tennessee.

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