The City of Rogers (Rogers Water Utilities) took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 14th 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).
The City of Bentonville took second place, in a runoff second round of tasting. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Springdale, Prairie Grove, and Siloam Springs. Rogers will now compete for the statewide award during the 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 29-May 2 in Hot Springs.
Steve Waryas of McWane Ductile, Jason Bird of the Arkansas Department of Health, and Brent Hutchins of Brad Green and Associates served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Brad Stewart, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Springdale Water Utilities), emceed the event. Nathan Hooper, Secretary/Treasurer (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority), and Mayo Miller, Vice Chair (CH2M Hill) 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 Bentonville (2017), Rogers (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers (2013).