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Annual Water Taste Test

Best Tasting Water in Alabama!

2014 Winner
Freemanville Water System, Inc.

Taste, Clarity & Aroma

By: George Marodis, USDA Sourcewater Protection Specialist

“Congratulations to Freemanville Water System, Inc.

 The Judges for the competition were from left to right Tracy McGough, with the Alabama Retired State Employees Association, Randy Ray with the Alabama Department of Economic Community Affairs and Teresa Long with the United States Department of Agriculture.

On Tuesday, March 25th one of the most exciting events of the Conference "The Water Taste Test Competition" was conducted.

Water utilities from the entire State of Alabama were invited to submit samples of their water for the competition. Utilities from throughout the State responded. Utilities had to meet the preliminary qualifications of having no chemical or monitoring
violations to be eligible.

The water was judged on the following criteria:

Taste, Clarity, & Aroma

After the preliminary judging, the water system competitors were reduced to the following six finalists.

  • City of Fairhope Public Utilities
  • Freemanville Water System, Inc.
  • Mobile County Water, Sewer & FPA
  • Town of Lowndesboro Water Works System
  • Perdido Bay Water, Sewer & FPO
  • West Etowah County Water Authority

The final judging occurred during the Rural Water Country Luncheon where over 500 attendees gathered to await the judge's selection.

And the Winner is...
Freemanville Water System, Inc.

Byron Mosely, Freemanville Water System & Kathy Horne, ARWA

The winner was the Freemanville Water System, Inc. located in Escambia County, Alabama. The System serves over 2,800 people, has two water wells and two storage tanks with a combined capacity of 400,000 gallons of water. That award winning water is provided to their customers via 65 miles of main line pipe. Freemanville does not purchase water from any other utility. Having the best tasting drinking water in Alabama is the result of hard work and proper management. and that's exactly what you will find at the Freemanville Water System.

The Freemanville Water System is managed and operated by:

  • Edward Adams, Chairman
  • Jethro Dailey, Vice Chairman
  • Joe Pierce, Board Member
  • Johnny Shell, Board Member
  • Roxanne Shows, Office manager
  • Kasey Bossard, Office Assistant
  • David White, Operator
  • Byron Mosley, Operator
  • Robert Nichols, Field Crew

By winning the "Taste Test" at the ARWA Conference, a representative from the Freemanville Water System will receive a round trip ticket to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Drinking Water Contest scheduled to take place in February, 2015.

Congratulations to the Freemanville Water System!

Wynn Echols, Operator

The runner up in the "Taste Test Competition" was the Town of Lowndesboro Water Works System located in Lowndesboro, Alabama in Lowndes County.

Lowndesboro supplies drinking water to approximately 372 households. Lowndesboro utilizes one groundwater wel l. Lowndesboro has two storage tanks with enough storage capacity to hold 275,000 gallons of water.

If a representative of the taste test winner cannot make the trip to Washington,
D.C., then a representative from the First Runner Up uti lity will be given the opportunity to participate at the national level.

Congratulations to the Lowndesboro Water Works System!


The winner of the Taste Test Competition receives:

  • One round trip airline ticket to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Drinking Water Contest in February 2015.
  • News release article in the ARWA magazine, “The Waterline”.
  • Taste Test Winner Sign

The Runner Up will receive:

  • Taste Test 2nd Place Sign
  • If the 1st Place winner forfeits the National Taste Test opportunity, the 2nd place winner (Runner Up) may participate in the National Drinking Water Contest.


Read the Waterline article with more pictures! (pdf)


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