Sweetwater Utilities Board was recently named the winner of the Region 10 Best Tasting Water Competition sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD).
The event took place on Feb. 21 at Eastside Utility District. Drinking water samples were judged on clarity, bouquet and taste.
In addition to Sweetwater Utilities Board, the competing utilities in the event included Dayton Water System, Eastside Utility District, Etowah Utilities, Fall Creek Falls Utility District, Hixson Utility District, and Ocoee Utility District. TAUD Region 10 consists of Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie and Van Buren counties.
Serving as judges for the event were Silverdale Baptist Academy students Logan Taylor, Reed Weller, Braden Coe, Sawyer Junkins, Savannah Gann, Madi Killian and Creighton Johnson.
SUB is excited about the honor.
“We are in the process of upgrading our chemical feed system, with some work already being completed,” SUB Superintendent of Plant Operations Jason Roy said. “The new system will improve our energy efficiency and chemical feed accuracy. We will be using a single brand of peristaltic metering pump, that will help with maintenance. It will also provide a safer work environment for our employees with a switch from Chlorine gas, to liquid Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach).”
TAUD will conduct the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee Competition in each of its 11 regions throughout the upcoming months. The winner of each region will compete at TAUD’s 2019 Business Utility Conference at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Aug. 8.
The statewide winner will represent TAUD at the Great American Taste Test held in conjunction with the National Rural Water Association Rally in Washington, D.C., in February 2020.
The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts is the state’s main source for utility training, technical assistance and advocacy for more than 400 water, wastewater and natural gas utility members.
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