The drinking water samples were judged on their clarity, bouquet and taste.
TAUD Region 10 consists of: Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie and Van Buren counties.
In addition to Athens Utility Board, participants in the competition included the city of Dayton, Etowah Utilities, Hixson Utility District, Ocoee Utility District and Watts Bar Utility District.
Judging the competition were Gary Burriss, TDEC; Crystal Piper, Hamilton County Water Quality Program, Sandra Knight, city of Cleveland; Clay Copeland, Rural Development; and Stacy Morrison, TDOT.
TAUD will conduct the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee contest in each of the 11 regions over the next few 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 in Gatlinburg on Aug. 14.
The statewide winner will then compete in Washington, D.C., for the Best Tasting Water in America award.
The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts serves as the Tennessee chapter of the National Rural Water Association.
TAUD is the source of training, technical assistance, and advocacy for more than 400 water, wastewater, and natural gas utility members in Tennessee.