By Tamas Mondovics
Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) the state’s primary source for utility training, technical assistance, and advocacy for the more than 400 water, wastewater, and natural gas utility members was pleased to announce the winner of its Region One “Best Tasting Water Contest.”
The event was held at the Econo Lodge in Greeneville On Thursday, April 18 and crowned Johnson County’s very own, Cold Springs Utility District, awarding it Best Tasting Water in Region One.
According to TAUD officials, Region One consists of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties.
Other Region 1 utilities submitting samples of their drinking water for the competition were: Bloomingdale Utility District, the City of Bristol, Brown low Utility District, Erwin Utilities, Greeneville Water Commission, the City of Kingsport, and Lakeview Utility District. Mary Short of USDA Rural Development, Carolyn Ferguson with Congressman Roe’s Office, Lana Moore from Senator Lamar Alexander’s Office, Greene County Mayor Kevin Morrison, Royce Fout with TDOT, and Reid Seals with WGRV Radio participated as judges for the contest.
The drinking water samples were judged on their clarity, bouquet, and taste.
It is an honor to represent the facility and considered best in the region,” said Richard Hammons with Cold Springs Utility District.
TAUD officials confirmed to conduct the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee Contest in each of its eleven regions in the upcoming months.
Each regional winner, including Cold Springs Utility District, will compete at TAUD’s 2019 Business Utility Conference at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
The statewide winner represents TAUD at the Great American Taste Test held in conjunction with the National Rurally Water Association Rally in Washington DC in February of 2020.
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