Ames rated best-tasting water in Iowa by nonprofit

The water in Ames has been voted the best-tasting water in Iowa, according to the Iowa Section of the American Water Works Association. 

A panel of judges at the nonprofit bestowed the honor on the new Ames Water Treatment Plant at the beginning this month, according to an announcement. The judges participated in a blind-tasting event in Council Bluffs. 

“Our panel of judges held all the entries to the highest standards of water quality, greater standards than the average consumer would normally expect,” Jenny Puffer, who chaired the water-tasting competition, said in a press release. “The entries are judged using very specific criteria. They are submitted in clear glass bottles to avoid anything that may unintentionally impact the taste of the water. The serving glasses used for the tasting must be sparkling clean and must be specially rinsed after coming out of a dishwasher to eliminate any soap residue. Judges take ample time between tasting the samples in order to ‘cleanse their palate.’ The water is judged on its appearance, odor, taste, aftertaste, and the 'feel in the mouth.'”

Lyle Hammes, superintendent of the Ames Water Treatment Plant, accepting the award. He thanked the staff at the plant and highlighted how much an honor the recognition was. Ames water will advance to the national competition held in summer 2018 in Las Vegas.

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