“It is a great honor and a privilege to represent Utah” said Brett Palmer, Manager of Stansbury Park WID. “Of course we were hoping to come away with the best tasting water, but we are thrilled…second in the nation is a fantastic achievement and we are honored and thrilled to win this award.”
And the win was not an easy one—the competition was tough. A rigorous round of preliminary testing narrowed the samples from across the nation to five finalists. From there three judges: Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk from USDA Rural Development, John Carter from the Farm Service Administration, Jennifer Bell of OMB, and Kent Evens, also from USDA rated the final water samples based on taste, clarity and bouquet. Camera crews and a full audience looked on as the judges deliberated who would take home the title for 2014.
After the marks were tallied, Palmer happily accepted the second place trophy on behalf of both Stansbury Park and the State of Utah. Nebraska’s state entry took home the first place trophy and Missouri’s submission came in third.
Stansbury Park Water District is located in Tooele County and provides safe drinking water to approximately 11,000 lucky people. They have been an exemplary water system, doing their best to maintain a quality, healthy water supply and serve their customers with pride.
Stansbury Park will get to display their award to over 1,600 attendees at the Rural Water Annual Conference in St. George at the end of the month. Here another round of taste testing will take place on Thursday, February 27th to determine Utah’s best Tasting Water for 2014 and the 2015 National Taste Test delegate.
The Rural Water Association of Utah provides training and technical assistance to Utah’s water and wastewater systems, enabling them to stay current with new technologies, rules and regulations so they may better serve the citizens of Utah.