McMinnville Water and Light wins best-tasting water competition

MWL water crew posing with plaque after winning best tasting water contest.

McMinnville Water and Light emerged as the winner of the Best Tasting Water Competition held during the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Northwest Oregon Subsection meeting, which took place at MW&L last month.

Four utilities from Northwest Oregon participated in the competition, and in a blind test, McMinnville’s water was voted as the best tasting. This is the second year in a row that McMinnville has won the subsection competition.

McMinnville Water and Light now will move on to compete in the Best Tasting Water Competition at the AWWA Pacific Northwest Conference in May, which includes utilities from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

A Hillsboro Water team (Kody King, Brady Steinmetz and Victor Fujinami) was the winner of the Hydrant Hysteria competition and will move on to compete in the Section Conference in May. 

The Northwest Oregon Subsection is a subgroup of the Pacific Northwest Section (PNWS) of the American Water Works Association, which is the authoritative resource on safe water. An international nonprofit and education society, AWWA is the largest and oldest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA shares knowledge on water resource development, water and wastewater treatment technology, water storage and distribution, utility management and operations.

Members of the Northwest Oregon Subsection of AWWA cover a full spectrum of water industry professionals including operators and engineers, water conservation and cross-connection specialists, customer service agents and meter technicians, manufacturers and suppliers, teachers and students, meter readers and others.

Hillsboro Water employees put together a fire hydrant as part of a competition