BURRILLVILLE - The University of Rhode Island in Kingston and Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park in Exeter came out on top in the Atlantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association's (ASRWWA) Annual Drinking Water Taste Test competition held Wednesday at Wright’s Farm Restaurant.
There were four entries in the Water With a Disinfectant Division and six entries in the Water Without a Disinfectant Division.
The University of Rhode Island, which submitted water from its gravel-packed wells, won the Water With a Disinfectant Division, while Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park captured the Water Without a Disinfectant Division with water submitted from its wells.
In vigorous head-to-head competition, Yawgoo captured top honors and will represent Rhode Island in the 2011 National Great American Taste Test in Washington D.C.
The taste test competition judges included Leanne Peckham, office manager of the Kingston Water District; Cecilia Harris, area water specialist for USDA Rural Development; and Paul Wittemore, of the National Rural Water Association.
The Atlantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association is a private, non-profit organization that represents water and wastewater systems through training, technical assistance, and advocacy. The association’s goal is to provide safe drinking water and protect the environment at an affordable cost to the user.
The 20-minute drinking water taste test competition was the highlight of Wednesday's ASRWWA's annual conference, which drew more than 180 people, according to ASRWWA Executive Director Steven Levy.
This year's competition saw the end of Burrillville's winning streak of having the best tasting water in the state. Last year, the Harrisville Fire District and the Oakland Association, Inc. were the top winners.
The Harrisville Fire District won the Water With a Disinfectant Division while Oakland Association, Inc. captured the Water Without a Disinfectant Division.
The Oakland Association, which serves about 75 households from a locally drilled well, went on that year to represent Rhode Island in the national competition. Last year was a third win for Oakland.
The Harrisville Fire District serves about 1,100 customers from six gravel-packed wells. Last year was the second time Harrisville had won the competition.