Officials at the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water have found the best-tasting water in Indiana. On October 18th, 2017, Connersville Utilities was announced as the winner of a state-wide competition to identify the tastiest rural water in the state. The competition was conducted during lunch on the first day of the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water annual fall conference at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Throughout the year, the Alliance has held 4 different regional competitions around the state. The regional winners were: Patoka Lake Regional Water District, Auburn Water Department, the Town of Bourbon, and Connersville Utilities.
Participating water samples were judged on three categories - clarity, odor, and taste. The competition is part of the Quality On Tap! campaign to emphasize the high quality, standards, and, consequently, taste of rural water. As the winner of the "Best Tasting Water in Indiana" Connersville Utilities will advance to compete in "The Great American Water Taste Test," a national contest, at Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C. in early February 2018. This event is part of the Rural Water Rally, an annual legislative event for the 49 state affiliates of National Rural Water Association.
"Because of the quality of this water, Indiana has a good chance at the national taste test in Washington, D. C.," added Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Executive Director, Connie Stevens.
The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water is a non-profit membership association of over 800 water and wastewater systems and related professionals. The Alliance provides training and onsite technical assistance on Safe Drinking Water Act compliance issues, public health protection (as it relates to drinking water), managerial issues, financial issues and operational issues to water and wastewater systems in Indiana that are under 10,000 in population. Training and on-site work is supported by Federal contracts and grants that promote safe water for our communities.