City of Lethbridge won the “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test. Supported by the Western Canada Section of the American Water Works Association, the event was held at the 68th annual Western Canada Water Conference and Exhibition in Calgary in October. Lethbridge’s water treatment plant processes an average of 53 million litres of drinking water per day to support a population of approximately 108,000. Lethbridge will go on to compete against utilities from across North America at the American Water Works Association “Best of the Best” Taste Test at their annual conference in Philadelphia next June.
First runner up was the City of Prince Albert and second runner up was the City of Calgary. The taste test involved a blind taste test of water samples from eight municipalities across Alberta and Saskatchewan. Each water sample was rated from 1 to 5 on clarity, smell and taste. Three independent judges sampled the different waters.
Andy Busse, manager of Prince Albert’s water treatment plant, said that the second place standing for City of Prince Albert was especially significant given the challenges the city faced this summer due to the oil spill. To read the more about the spill in Prince Albert and the city’s response, visit http://www.timescolonist.com/saskatchewan-city-2nd-in-water-taste-test-after-oil-spill-shut-water-intakes-1.2840558