(Washington, D.C.) – If you’re looking for the some of the best tasting water in the nation, look no further than Mapleturn Utilities in Martinsville, Indiana. In this rural community, all you have to do is turn the faucet for pure “Quality On Tap!” Mapleturn Utilities claimed the Silver Medal of America’s Best Tasting Drinking Water at the 21st Anniversary of the Great American Water Taste Test, held on February 5, 2020 in Washington, D.C. as part of the National Rural Water Association’s Rural Water Rally.
When asked how he felt about winning, Manager, Steve Collins said, “This is a really big deal and we should feel blessed to have such good quality water!”
North Marshall Water District, located in Benton, Kentucky, claimed the title, and tied with Mapleturn Utilities was Jenkensville Water Company of South Carolina. The Bronze Medal went to California Pines Community Services District located in California. The other finalist in the top five was Auburn Board of Public Works from Nebraska.
These five water systems competed against 37 total entries from across the country. State Rural Water Associations hold their own taste test finals and send the winners to compete at the Great American Water Taste Test.
These finalists are selected in a preliminary round, with the finals judged by a panel of experts. The honorary judging panel this year included Edna Primrose, Assistant Administrator, USDA Rural Development Office of Water & Environment Programs; Diane Nellor, Clerk of the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; and Morgan Ulmer, Clerk of the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.
Judges rated each water sample based on its clarity, bouquet and taste. Each of the judges commended the quality of water that Rural Water provides and noted the difficulty in choosing the best tasting water in the nation.
NRWA represents over 31,000 rural and small utilities. It is a huge accomplishment to not only make it to the top five finalists, but then to go on to take home the silver medal is a testament to the quality and taste of the water in Indiana!