—Where should you go to get the second best drink of water in the Nation? Monroe, Utah! Monroe City in Sevier County won the coveted second place award in the National Rural Water “Great American Water Taste Test” held today in Washington DC. Monroe was the winner of the Best Water in Utah contest at the 2016 Rural Water Association of Utah Conference in St. George last February. This win made them Utah’s entry in the national competition. They vied for national honors with entries from water systems across the nation—all of whom had won the best tasting water at their state level.
“We appreciate all the support from the Rural Water Association of Utah and the training they provide for us to help make this possible.” said R. Kirt Nilsson, Mayor of Monroe. “It is a great honor to be the second best in the nation. That second best is pretty darn good so we are happy!” Mayor Nilsson and Public Works Director Devin Magleby were onsite in Washington DC to accept the award and represented Utah well.
Of course a victory of this magnitude is 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, five esteemed judges who were selected for their “refined palettes, absolute integrity and rigorous kidney function” judged the final water samples on taste, clarity and bouquet. The judging panel consisted of US Senate Committee on Appropriations Deputy Staff Director Fitzhugh Elder IV, and USDA Rural Development’s Joe Gilson, Nicole Schindler, Lisa Chesnel, and Deja Howard.
After the marks were tallied, Nilsson and Magleby happily accepted the second place Silver Medal award on behalf of both Monroe City and the State of Utah. Aspen Pines Water & Sewer District from Wilson, Wyoming won the Gold Medal for best water in the nation, and Franklin, Kentucky won the Bronze.