Best Tasting Drinking Water
 
Back in March, at this year’s 31st annual Technical Training Conference in Montgomery, staff of the Perdido Bay Water District were pleasantly surprised when their water system was awarded First Place in the Water Taste Test.  Out of 22 entries from around the state, a panel of distinguished taste testers determined the winner based on the taste, clarity and odor of each sample.  Although a fun event, the conference highlighted the importance of safe, clean and healthy drinking water.  As 1st Place Winner, Perdido Bay Water District received one round-trip airline ticket to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Drinking Water Contest the week of April 20, 2009; a news release article in a future issue of the Alabama Rural Water Association’s quarterly magazine; and lastly, a Taste Test Winner sign to proudly display in their district.
 
Now, after taking first place in the statewide contest, the Perdido Bay Water District went on to receive the gold for best tasting water in the country.  During the 10th annual Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 21st the Perdido Bay Water District received the Gold Medal award for best tasting drinking water.  This is the first time in the history of Alabama that a water system has won the taste test at the national level.  Mark Bohlin, General Manager and Bruce Hartman, Field Superintendent were both in attendance to accept the award.  The taste test was only part of a three day rally on Capitol Hill designed to allow water advocates and representatives from around the country to support and ensure continued funding from Congress for water projects, as well as for training and technical assistance for rural and small water systems.