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Brownlow Utility District wins Region One Best Tasting Water Contest

(Left to right) Mary Short (USDA Rural Development), Ben Simcox (Brownlow Utility District), Bill Forrester (First Tennessee Development District), Jill Salyers (Sen. Bob Corker’s office).

Brownlow Utility District was recently awarded top honors at the Region 1 Best Tasting Water Contest sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD).  The competition took place on April 27 at the Econo Lodge in Greeneville.  The drinking water samples were judged on their clarity, bouquet, and taste.
TAUD Region One consists of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.  In addition to Brownlow Utility, the other utilities participating in the competition were the City of Bristol, Cold Springs Utility District, the City of Elizabethton, Erwin Utilities, Greeneville Water System, City of Kingsport, Lakeview Utility District, and Sneedville Utility District.
Participating as judges for the competition were Mary Short of USDA Rural Development, Bill Darden with Congressman Phil Roe’s Office, Jill Salyers with Senator Bob Corker’s Office, and Bill Forrester with the First Tennessee Development District.
TAUD conducted the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee Contest in each of the Association’s 11 regions over the past several months.  The winner of each region will participate in a statewide competition at TAUD’s Business of Running a Utility Conference at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on August 11.  The statewide winner will represent Tennessee at the Great American Taste Test held in conjunction with the National Rural Water Association Rally in Washington D.C. in February 2018.
Founded in 1957, The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts celebrates 60 years in 2017 as the state’s first source of training, technical assistance, and advocacy for more than 400 water, wastewater, and natural gas utility members throughout Tennessee.  For more information, please visit our website at