Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater Utility Wins 'Best of the Best' Water Taste Test

Drinking Water Utility Secures Honor at American Water Works Association's

Annual Conference and Exposition



25 Jun, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Water Works Association

    TORONTO, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Water Works
 Association (AWWA) today announced that Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) Water and
 Wastewater Utility won its annual "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test. The
 event, comprised of North American winners of state and regional
 water-tasting competitions, was held at the AWWA's Annual Conference and
 Exposition (ACE07) in Toronto.
     The "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test pitted water utilities around
 North America against one another to determine which utility has the best
 tasting water.
     Monte Hannon, Water Quality Superintendent of the Oklahoma City Water
 and Wastewater Utility, said, "We're extremely proud to be selected as the
 winner of the 'Best of the Best' Water Taste Test. We know our competition
 was very impressive. This honor is a testament to all of our operators and
 employees who provide Oklahoma City residents with the best quality water
 available."
     Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater previously won the AWWA Southwest
 Section tasting competition to earn a berth in today's event.
     Second place in the competition was awarded to Water district No. 1 of
 Johnson County, Kansas. Local host Toronto Water earned third place.
     Other "Best of the Best" participants in today's competition included:
 Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; City of Minot Water Treatment Plant, North
 Dakota; Lake Utility Services, Inc., Florida; City of Aurora, Illinois;
 City of Savannah, Georgia; Detroit Water And Sewerage Department, Michigan;
 City of Forth Worth Water Department, Texas; and Public Utility District of
 Skagit County, Washington.
     An esteemed judging panel rated each water system on their flavor
 characteristics. Judges included Jennifer Bain, Food Editor of The Toronto
 Star; Joel Manning, Brewmaster of Mill Street Brewery, a leading Toronto
 microbrewery; Djanette Khiari, Chair of the AWWA Taste and Odor Committee;
 Mike McGuire, former Chair of the Taste and Odor Committee; and Mel Suffet
 of the School of Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles.
     Suffet commented, "This was an extremely close competition decided by
 very few points. Each utility truly earned the right to take part in
 today's international competition. We appreciate every utility's interest."
     ACE07 in Toronto is the 125th annual conference of AWWA and features
 the largest professional program of its kind. The ACE07 Exposition will
 also feature more than 500 manufacturers and consultants showcasing the
 latest products and services available to help ensure safe water.
     AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and
 advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and
 beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the
 world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the
 efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our
 collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest
 good of the people and the environment.
 
 

SOURCE American Water Works Association
    TORONTO, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Water Works
 Association (AWWA) today announced that Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) Water and
 Wastewater Utility won its annual "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test. The
 event, comprised of North American winners of state and regional
 water-tasting competitions, was held at the AWWA's Annual Conference and
 Exposition (ACE07) in Toronto.
     The "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test pitted water utilities around
 North America against one another to determine which utility has the best
 tasting water.
     Monte Hannon, Water Quality Superintendent of the Oklahoma City Water
 and Wastewater Utility, said, "We're extremely proud to be selected as the
 winner of the 'Best of the Best' Water Taste Test. We know our competition
 was very impressive. This honor is a testament to all of our operators and
 employees who provide Oklahoma City residents with the best quality water
 available."
     Oklahoma City Water and Wastewater previously won the AWWA Southwest
 Section tasting competition to earn a berth in today's event.
     Second place in the competition was awarded to Water district No. 1 of
 Johnson County, Kansas. Local host Toronto Water earned third place.
     Other "Best of the Best" participants in today's competition included:
 Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska; City of Minot Water Treatment Plant, North
 Dakota; Lake Utility Services, Inc., Florida; City of Aurora, Illinois;
 City of Savannah, Georgia; Detroit Water And Sewerage Department, Michigan;
 City of Forth Worth Water Department, Texas; and Public Utility District of
 Skagit County, Washington.
     An esteemed judging panel rated each water system on their flavor
 characteristics. Judges included Jennifer Bain, Food Editor of The Toronto
 Star; Joel Manning, Brewmaster of Mill Street Brewery, a leading Toronto
 microbrewery; Djanette Khiari, Chair of the AWWA Taste and Odor Committee;
 Mike McGuire, former Chair of the Taste and Odor Committee; and Mel Suffet
 of the School of Public Health at the University of California Los Angeles.
     Suffet commented, "This was an extremely close competition decided by
 very few points. Each utility truly earned the right to take part in
 today's international competition. We appreciate every utility's interest."
     ACE07 in Toronto is the 125th annual conference of AWWA and features
 the largest professional program of its kind. The ACE07 Exposition will
 also feature more than 500 manufacturers and consultants showcasing the
 latest products and services available to help ensure safe water.
     AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and
 advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and
 beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the
 world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the
 efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our
 collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest
 good of the people and the environment.
 
 SOURCE American Water Works Association