091119 GWC AWWA award

Tim Smiley, Glasgow Water Co.'s water treatment plant superintendent, holds the Best of the Best Tap Water Taste Test Award. Next to him is Cody Richardson, quality control manager for the plant. Photo submitted

After having won the Best Tasting Water Contest from Kentucky Rural Water Association in 2012 and 2018, the Glasgow Water Co. this year has a new type of notch in its belt.

Judges at the Kentucky/Tennessee Water Professionals Conference in Louisville last month named GWC as the winner of the two-state Best of the Best Tap Water Taste Test competition. The annual competition is part of the Kentucky/Tennessee section of the American Water Works Association’s annual best tasting water competition. Scott Young, GWC's general manager, said this was the first year GWC has entered this particular contest.

By securing the win at the section level Aug. 19, GWC has qualified for the National Best Tasting Water Contest to be held June 2020 at the annual AWWA Conference.

Young said via a press release this week: “This award reflects a commitment by our staff to be the best and produce the best-quality water within our industry. It is also a result of the millions of dollars in capital investments we have made to improve all aspects of service to our customers.”

Tim Smiley, superintendent of GWC's water treatment plant, added:, “This award is an honor, validating the commitment by the GWC staff, administration and board to provide the means to produce quality, safe drinking water that exceeds federal and state standards. Without the dedication and hard work of our certified plant operators, lab analysts and microbiologists, this award would not be possible.”

GWC placed third in this year's KRWA Best Tasting Water Contest the week following its receipt of the AWWA award.

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