Northeast Knox Utility District Wins Regional Competition for Best Tasting Water
Pictured left to right are: Mary Ann Brannon; Marisol Torres, Rural Development; Richard Phillips, Jamie Smith and Gregg Morgan, Northeast Knox Utility District; Susan Richardson Williams, SRW & Associates; Jane Chedester, Senator Lamar Alexander's Office; Tim Stiles, Northeast Knox Utility District
ALCOA -– The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) recently announced that the Northeast Knox Utility District has been awarded first place in the Best Tasting Water competition in Region Two which consists of Blount, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, and Sevier counties. The samples were judged on their clarity, bouquet, and taste.
The competition, held at the Alcoa Service Center on Wednesday, March 2, was judged by Susan Richardson Williams of SRW and Associates, Jane Chedester with Senator Lamar Alexander, Marisol Torres of Rural Development, Michael Atchley of Tennessee's Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and Mary Ann Brannon.
In addition to the Northeast Knox Utility District, seven other utilities that submitted samples from Region Two were: City of Alcoa, City of Jefferson City, First Utility District of Knox County, Hallsdale Powell Utility District, Knox-Chapman Utility District, South Blount Utility District, and West Knox Utility District.
TAUD will conduct the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee Contest in each of the Association's 11 regions in the next few months. The winner of each region will participate in a statewide competition on June 7 at TAUD's Annual Meeting in Murfreesboro. The statewide winner will then compete in Washington, D.C. for the Best Tasting Water in America.
The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts is the oldest rural water association in the nation and serves as the Tennessee chapter of the National Rural Water Association. TAUD serves as a source of training, technical assistance and advocacy to more than 400 water, wastewater and natural gas utility members within the state.
Published March 8, 2011