Best Tasting Water in NM?

Perhaps by the time of the Santa Fe Global Water Festival 2015, Santa Fe can become the National winner. We built a Water Wheel in Estancia this past year, interestingly enough! They were last year’s winner. Here’s to Water!

Thanks for the forward from Seth Rothman, Green Fire Times Editor:

For immediate release:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Contact:    Matthew Holmes

April 10, 2013                                                                                                                                                                  &nbs p;                                                                                                                                            505-280-3178


Communities Vie for the Best Tasting Drinking Water in New Mexico
       New Mexico Rural Water Association to select winner at 35th Annual Conference


ALBUQUERQUE, April 10, 2013 — The New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) helps water systems provide safe, clean drinking water to their customers.  Next week, water samples from all over the state will be judged at the NMRWA 35th Annual Conference at the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town to see which is the best.  The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges including Graham Knowles, Bureau Chief of the New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau; Chris Phillips, President of HydroPro Solutions, an organization focused on efficiency needs of water utilities; and Robert Johnson, CEO of the National Rural Water Association.

“Like fine wine, these water samples will be judged on taste, bouquet, and clarity,” explained NMRWA President David Kenneke.  “If you think your water is the best, bring it in and we will put it to the test.”  NMRWA is celebrating 35 years of service to New Mexico’s water and wastewater systems at the Annual Conference, April 15-17.  This training event offers 60 classroom sessions, 72 vendor booths, and brings together system board members, managers, operators, regulators, industry representatives, funding agency staff, lawmakers, and community leaders.

New Mexico’s Winner to Compete in National Competition in Washington, D.C.

The best tasting drinking water will represent all of New Mexico in a nationwide competition in Washington, DC at the annual National Rural Water Association (NRWA) Water Rally. The winning system will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to travel to the Nation’s Capitol, meet with New Mexico’s congressional delegation and enter their water in NRWA’s Great American Water Taste Test, courtesy of local engineering firm Bohannan Huston, Inc.  Last year’s winner was the Town of Estancia.

The Village of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin won the golden medal award for best tasting water in the nation during the most recent Great American Water Taste Test.  Each state rural water association hosts a state-wide drinking water test and the winners are eligible for entry in the nation-wide test.  “New Mexico has been in the top five on two occasions, but we have never won the gold medal,” stated NMRWA Executive Direction Matthew Holmes.  “Many people think water tastes basically the same, but we have had one system win our state competition four different times.  Those are very long odds for  mere coincidence. ”

To learn more about the Annual Conference and the NMRWA, visit


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Matthew Holmes

Executive Director

New Mexico Rural Water Association




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