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Portland Wins "Best Tasting Water" Contest

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Judging smell water samples for scent.The Portland Water Bureau entered this year's NW Oregon sub-section of the America Water Works Association (AWWA) Best Tasting Water Competition at the March meeting in Salem. There were ten regional competitors for best tasting water: City of Salem, Oak Lodge Water District, City of Forest Grove, McMinnville Water and Light, Veolia Water Wilsonville, Rivergrove Water, Hillsboro - Cherry Grove, Joint Water Commission, and City of Lake Oswego. Portland came out as the best of the best. 


The water samples were tasted for three different criteria: scent, flavor, and aftertaste. A score of 1 to 10 is given to the samples. Three (3) judges scored those samples, and the total from all judges is scored. A perfect score would be 90 points. The Portland Water Bureau received a total score of 78 out of 90.


The next step is to take our best to the Pacific NW section of the AWWA annual meeting in Yakima. This conference will be held May 2-4 with the best tasting water taste test to be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 2nd. Wish us the best…


Chris Wanner

Director of Operations

Chris Wanner receives plaque for best tasting water.


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April 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Stunning and in my opinion totally corrupt that you "forgot" to mention whether you poison us with fluoride. This fact outdoes taste by just a tad.Off to jail you go!


Darcy Cronin

April 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Ben, you have been misinformed. We do not add fluoride to Portland's water...never have.

Darcy Cronin
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April 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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June 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

I 100% beleive in this article. Try Southern California's water and then you'll know. I asked a server why the was is delicious she mentioned it was groundater. Great job guys.


Michael k.Preslar

May 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Hey Chris! Congratulations! Looks like you've done pretty well for yourself and Oregon! Hooahh! Good job soldier! Remember me? Bro P! How's John Petrela? You haven't changed much since Camp Casey Korea! Looking good! Aloha from big island Hawaii!

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