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Village of Cortland Has Best-Tasting Water

The Village of Cortland had a water sample entered in the tasting competition at the 2015 Fall Conference for the very first time. Much to the surprise and delight of their water operator, Adam German, the newcomers ended up taking the top prize: The Best-Tasting Water in Nebraska.

The contest was inaugurated in 2008, and this marks the first time that an untreated water system has been voted the best-tasting. Chlorinated water systems have won every other year.

Cortland is only the third winner in the contest's eight-year history: Lincoln and Fremont have been the only other overall winners. Although Cortland was the overall winner, Metropolitan Utilities District (Omaha) was voted the best-tasting in the treated water category.

A panel of six tasters were asked to rate the samples on a 1 to 10 scale for appearance, scent, flavor, and aftertaste.

Cortland is now invited to submit a sample in the "Best of the Best" taste test competition at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) in Chicago in June.

Samples were submitted from the following public water systems: Aurora, Columbus, Cortland, Fremont, Hallam, Lincoln, Metropolitan Utilities District, Norfolk Iron and Metal, and Norfolk.

Cortland wins water contest
Mary Poe presents Adam German, Village of Cortland, with the 2015 Best Tasting Water award at the Cortland village office in December 2015.