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Louisville’s Water Judged Best-Tasting in America

Wednesday June 11, 2008

Louisville Water Company Wins Top Honors in Competition

Louisville has the best-tasting water in America – and Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Water Company officials celebrated today by handing out free bottles of Pure Tap to children and adults at Waterfront Park.

The American Water Works Association, meeting this week in Atlanta, named Louisville’s water the “Best of the Best” in its annual tasting competition.

“Louisville’s water is clearly superior,” Abramson said. “Now the rest of the country knows that, too."
Mayor Abramson celebrates Louisville's number one ranking with area children.
Judges included Meridith Ford, dining critic for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Gil Kulers, a certified wine educator; Adam Murphy, CBS 46 news consumer investigator; Stephen Booth, chair of the water association’s Taste and Odor Committee; and Linda Schweitzer, associate professor of chemistry and environmental science at Oakland University in Michigan.

“Louisville Water employees have been delivery high-quality, great-tasting water to customers in the Louisville area for over 150 years,” said Louisville Water Co. President Greg Heitzman. “So it’s a great honor to have people who aren’t our customers, recognize that effort. In Louisville we’ve always known that you can’t top the tap.”

The Louisville Water Company has provided water to residents of Louisville and surrounding areas since 1860. The agency previously won AWWA's Kentucky/Tennessee Section tasting competition to earn a berth in this week’s event.

This is the fourth year the national competition has been held. The previous winners are the Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utility (2007) and Illinois American Water, Champaign District (2006 and 2005).

Second place for “Best of the Best” was awarded to the Mal Paso Filtration Plant in Puerto Rico and third to Blythe, Ga.

Other finalists: City of Aurora, Illinois; Jordon Valley Water Conservation District, Utah; Ames Water Treatment Plant, Iowa; City of Emporia, Kansas; Edwardsburg Municipal Water, Michigan; City of Albany, New York; City of High Point, North Carolina; Grand Forks Water Utility, North Dakota; Medford Water Commission, Oregon; City of Clarksville, Texas; Western Virginia Water Authority, Virginia; and La Crosse Water Utility, Wisconsin.