WESTON, W.Va. (June 20, 2019) – West Virginia American Water’s Weston water system received the statewide award for best tasting water in the Tap Water Taste Test competition held in late May at the annual American Water Works Association (AWWA) West Virginia Section conference in Davis, W.Va. Nineteen water utilities had the opportunity to participate in the competition, which was judged by three independent water industry representatives. To be eligible to participate, water systems must not have received any state or federal drinking water violations during the previous calendar year, and the utility or an employee must be a member of AWWA.
“We are very proud of our Weston treatment plant operators and water quality team for this accomplishment,” said Rob Burton, president of West Virginia American Water. “This award is a testament to their water treatment expertise and their dedication to producing high quality drinking water. Our Weston water system has demonstrated its remarkable commitment to providing safe, reliable and great-tasting water service to the community.”
West Virginia American Water’s Webster Springs water system took second place in the taste test competition. The two treatment plants are located in the company’s Northern Operating Area, which swept the competition.
Judges were presented with room-temperature, unmarked water samples from each of the participating water systems and asked to grade each sample on aesthetic and flavor characteristics, such as appearance, odor, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression. Other competing water systems included Beckley, Bluefield, Bluestone, Gassaway, Huntington, Kanawha Valley, and New River.
With its win, the Weston system will compete in the annual international competition against other AWWA section Tap Water Taste Test winners for the titles of “People’s Choice” and “Best of the Best” during the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE). ACE is the longest-running water conference in the world, featuring several hundred expert presentations and an exposition of more than 500 companies showcasing the latest innovations in water technology.
The Weston water treatment plant draws water from the West Fork River and produces approximately 1.1 million gallons of treated water each day to serve 13,000 customers in Lewis County. A detailed water quality report for this system can be found here on the West Virginia American Water website.
About West Virginia American Water
West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 550,000 people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing.
About the American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
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