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2017DrinkingWaterContest1bPictured: Marcus Pinson, Utility Plant Engineer; Jim LaPointe, Water Treatment Plant Operator

St. Augustine's water tastes best

City is first place winner in Drinking Water Taste Test

St. Augustine gets high marks on lots of top ten lists, but this week the city brought home a prize that should please residents, businesses and visitors alike - Best Tasting Drinking Water.

The City of St. Augustine brought home the first place trophy from the Drinking Water Taste Test contest sponsored by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA) Region Il.  The region includes Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns   counties and utilities such as St. Johns County and Palm Coast as well   as the very large regional system, JEA. The award was presented at a luncheon   of the FSAWWA's First Coast Chapter.

The judges for the contest included representatives of other utilities, industry regulators and manufacturers who considered taste, odor, color and clarity in making their selections. 

"We of course are very proud of this   award and have to give the credit to the team in the city's Utilities Division for embracing their responsibilities and doing so with pride," said Marcus Pinson, Utilities Plant Engineer. "This award is proof of their hard work."

The contest started in 2009, but this is this first time the City of St. Augustine won the top award.