FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Officials at the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water have found the best-tasting water in Indiana and it can be found in DeKalb County.
On Wednesday, the Auburn Water Department was announced as the winner of a state-wide competition to identify the tastiest rural water in the state.
The competition was conducted during lunch on the first day of the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water annual Fall Conference at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne.
Throughout the year, the Alliance held four different regional competitions around the state.
The regional winners were the Town of Osgood, Town of Akron, Auburn Water Department and the Town of Madison.
Participating water samples were judged on three categories: clarity, odor and taste.
The competition is part of the "Quality On Tap!" campaign to emphasize the high-quality standards, and consequently, the taste of rural water.
As the winner of the “Best Tasting Water in Indiana” the Auburn Water Department will advance to compete in “The Great American Water Taste Test,” a national contest, at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in early February 2022.
This event is part of the Rural Water Rally, an annual legislative event for the 49 state affiliates of the National Rural Water Association.
“Because of the quality of this water, Indiana has a good chance at the national taste test in Washington, D.C.,” added Alliance of Indiana Rural Water Executive Director, Connie Stevens.
The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water is a non-profit membership association of over 800 water and wastewater systems and related professionals.
The Alliance provides training and onsite technical assistance on Safe Drinking Water Act compliance issues, public health protection (as it relates to drinking water), managerial issues, financial issues and operational issues to water and wastewater systems in Indiana that are under 10,000 in population.
Training and on-site work is supported by Federal contracts and grants that promote safe water for our communities.