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Miramichi, N.B. wins ‘Best of the Best Water Taste’ competition at AWWA conference

Toronto is host city for international conference and exposition

June 14, 2023  By Ground Water Canada

Toronto – Miramichi, N.B. is the winner of  the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Best of the Best Water Taste Test. The announcement was made at the AWWA annual conference and exposition taking place this week in Toronto.

The City of Emporia, Kan. was named the winner of the People’s Choice Water Taste Test. The events, which were sponsored by Brown and Caldwell, included regional winners from water tasting competitions.

Second place in the Best of the Best Water Taste Test went to the City of Grand Junction in Colorado and third place went to Raleigh Water – Dempsey E. Benton Water Treatment Plant in Raleigh, N.C.


The Best of the Best Water Taste Test is determined by a panel of judges that included trained water flavour profilers, and the People’s Choice Taste Test is determined by conference attendees.

Miramichi, located in northeast New Brunswick, has a population of 18,500. It operates three separate water systems with each source from 19 active ground wells. Fifteen of the wells are fed directly into the distribution system and are disinfected by chlorine.

Other Best of the Best participants in the competition included: Mobile Area Water & Sewer Systems in Mobile, Ala.; Metropolitan Water District – Weymouth Plant in La Verne, Calif.; Danbury Water Department in Danbury, Conn.; City of Evanston, Ill.; City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; City of Emporia, Kan.; Plainfield Township, Mich.; Independence Water in Independence, Mo.; City of Bozeman, Mont; Metropolitan Utilities District in Omaha, Neb.; Champlain Water District in South Burlington, Vt.; Onondaga County Water Authority in Syracuse, N.Y.; Niagara Region in Fort Erie, Ont.; City of Vancouver, Wash.; Chester Water Authority in Nottingham, Pa.; Malpaso Water Treatment Plant at Penuelas in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; Ville de Windsor, Que.; Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities in Orangeburg, S.C.; Houston Water in Houston, Texas; Toronto Water in Toronto; Norfolk Utilities Department in Norfolk, Va.; City of Lethbridge, Alta.; and Menasha Utilities in Menasha, Wis.

ACE23, which brought an estimated 10,000 water professionals to Toronto, is the longest-running water conference in the world, having first convened in 1881. The event features more than 440 expert presentations and an exposition featuring more than 450 exhibitors.

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