The City of Bentonville took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 8th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA). Rogers Water Utilities took second place, in a runoff second round of tasting. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Holiday Island, and Springdale Water Utilities. The City of Bentonville will now compete for the statewide award during the 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 30-May 3 in Hot Springs. (From left) Derek Hall of Village Writing School, Donna Roche of O.R. Colan Associates, and Sally Jones of The Jones Center served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Jesse Burch, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Beaver Water District), emceed the event. Brad Stewart, Secretary/Treasurer (Springdale Water Utilities), and Nathan Hooper, Vice Chair (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority) assisted with the event. The Northwest District of the AWW&WEA was formed in 1950. Its mission is to encourage the education and licensing of its members in the field of water and wastewater systems, and to provide a venue by which the members can share information, obtain training, and improve the overall standing of water professions. Monthly meetings are held in various cities throughout the 10-county district in Northwest Arkansas. Visit nwd-awwwea.org for more information. Additional information: Past winners include Rogers (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers (2013).