WaterOne Judged “Best Tasting Water In Kansas”
The Kansas Section of the American Water Works Association (KsAWWA) recently named WaterOne “Best Tasting Water in Kansas” at its 10th annual conference in Topeka, KS. This marks the fourth time WaterOne has been recognized with this award since 2006, making it the winningest water utility in the state of Kansas. After taking top honors in this year’s regional contest, WaterOne is now eligible to compete in the national taste competition at the AWWA conference in 2019.
The contest presents judges with unlabeled water samples from different utilities. Glasses of the water samples are served at room temperature for the most accurate comparison, since ice or chilled temperatures can alter flavor perceptions. Judges are instructed to “sniff, sip, slurp, swish, and swallow,” which gives them a broad sense of each sample’s flavor properties, aroma, and mouth feel. The samples are then rated on these aesthetic preferences.
WaterOne’s water was also named “Best Tasting Water in Kansas” by the Kansas Rural Water Association earlier this year. For WaterOne, the awards and recognition are an acknowledgement that its treatment methods produce clean, delicious, and – above all – safe tap water.
WaterOne sources its water from the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. The water then undergoes an extensive multi-barrier treatment process to filter, disinfect, and polish raw river water into a pleasant and refreshing final product. As part of an investment in its water infrastructure, WaterOne is currently constructing new facilities to utilize ozone as a water treatment method. The new treatment technique will offer a more robust process for reducing or eliminating taste and odor compounds, and that means an even more pleasant glass of water for WaterOne customers.
“We take great pride in providing fresh and delicious tap water for our customers, and we’re honored to receive this award,” said Michelle Wirth, WaterOne’s Director of Production. “We make sure our water quality goes above and beyond what is required, because that’s a value our customers have come to expect from WaterOne.”