Springdale Water Utilities took first place for best tasting drinking water on March 13th at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers during the monthly meeting of the Northwest District of the Arkansas Waterworks and Water Environment Association (AWW&WEA). Springdale Water Utilities will now compete for the statewide award during the 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition of AWW&WEA, which will be held April 28-May 1 in Hot Springs.
Bella Vista Water Association took second place. Other competitors included Beaver Water District, Rogers Water Utilities, Washington Water Authority, and Holiday Island Utilities.
Nathan Miles, Matt Walters and Ben Kennedy of Rausch Coleman Homes served as judges. They evaluated and scored water samples on clarity, color, odor, and taste. Nathan Hooper, Chair of the NW District AWW&WEA (Benton-Washington Regional Public Water Authority), emceed the event. Mayo Miller, Secretary/Treasurer (Jacobs) and Zak Johnston, Vice Chair (Washington 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 Water Utilities (2018), City of Bentonville (2017), Rogers Water Utilities (2016), Prairie Grove (2015), Beaver Water District (2014), and Rogers Water Utilities (2013).