Utilities Wins Regional Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (March 7, 2019) – Charlotte County Utilities Department won the annual Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest in Region X held by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA). The contest was held during a FSAWWA meeting at the East Port Environmental Campus on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Charlotte County's water sample won the best tasting out of the seven utilities that entered the contest.
Region X represents drinking water utilities in a five-county region: Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota. Charlotte County will compete for the statewide tasting competition in April, and potentially the national competition in June if it receives Florida's top honor.
Charlotte County purchases 95% of its water supply from the Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority (PR/MRWSA), which uses the Peace River as its source of supply. The Charlotte County public drinking water system distributes this potable water to more than 150,000 customers thru over 60,000 connections and maintains a large system of approximately 1,400 miles of water main lines, 4 booster stations and 5,700 fire hydrants.
All Region X water utilities were invited to submit a gallon sample of their drinking water to be tested by a panel of four impartial judges. Each utility's sample was collected from their distribution system no more than 24 hours prior to the test. The annual competition is held throughout the country and is intended to educate consumers about water-related issues and raise awareness about water conservation.
To learn more about Charlotte County's water quality visit: https://www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov/dept/utilities/Pages/Reports.aspx