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  2. Denver Water placed second in a taste test among water utilities across the nation at the American Water Works Association’s annual Best of the Best Water Taste in Washington, D.C. The event, composed of regional winners from water-tasting competitions across North America, was part of AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition.
    “We are proud Denver Water placed so highly in this national taste test,” said Ken Pollock, superintendent of water treatment for Denver Water. “Our mission is to provide our customers with high-quality water and excellent service. This honor reflects the dedication and commitment that Denver Water employees have to high-quality water.”
    A panel of experts rated each water system on its flavor characteristics. Judges included Dr. Russell Ford, deputy director of drinking water infrastructure for CH2M Hill and vice chair of AWWA’s Taste and Odor Committee; Monique Durand, engineer at Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., and member of the Taste and Odor Committee; Dr. Andrea Dietrich, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech and past chair of the Taste and Odor Committee; and Neal Augenstein, reporter for Washington, D.C.’s WTOP Radio. Top honors went to the Greenville Water System, of the city of Greenville, South Carolina.
    Denver Water moved on to the national competition after placing first in a taste test among water utilities in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico at the AWWA Rocky Mountain Section’s annual conference at Keystone Resort in Colorado last September.
    Other Best of the Best participants in yesterday’s competition included:
    Anchorage Water and Wastewater Department, Alaska
    Louisville Water Company, Kentucky
    Artesian Water Company, Delaware
    Mancelona Area Water and Sewer Authority, Michigan
    City of Anniston, Alabama
    Manchester Water Works, New Hampshire
    City of Arlington Water Utilities, Texas
    City of Mayville, North Dakota
    City of Baltimore, Maryland
    Moorhead Public Service, Minnesota
    City of Cashmere, Washington
    Rio Arriba, Puerto Rico
    Cooper City Utilities Department, Florida
    City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina
    Glencoe Water Utility, Illinois
    Sioux Rural Water System, South Dakota
    City of Fremont, Nebraska
    Sun Valley Water and Sewer District, Idaho
    Hamilton Public Water System, Ohio
    Washington Aqueduct, District of Columbia
    Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Kansas
    City of Watertown Water Department, Wisconsin