LA tap water considered the tastiest in competition; Santa Ana gets 2nd place – CBS Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Do you like the taste of your tap water? Apparently you should do this if you live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, or Ventura counties.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the wholesale agency that supplies water to 19 million people in six counties, on Monday announced it had won first place in an international competition to determine the water in the tastiest tap.
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The agency won the award at the 31st annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition, which included entries from 14 countries and 19 states.
The city of Santa Ana – member of the MWD – took second place.
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“While water quality and safety are always our top priorities, it’s also important to us that consumers love the taste of our water,” MWD CEO Jeffrey Kightlinger said in a statement. “Good taste is an important confirmation for consumers of the quality of the water that comes out of their taps.
According to MWD, the winning water came from the Sierra Nevada in northern California, was imported through the State Water Project, and treated at the Jensen water treatment plant in Granada Hills with gaseous ozone. The water is also lightly treated with “a small amount of chlorine” when it leaves the plant for disinfection. Water from the Jensen plant circulates through Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange counties, and is frequently mixed with local supplies before reaching homes and businesses.
This is not the first time that MWD has won the first prize. The agency also won the competition in 2008 and 1998, while placing second in 2000 and 2003.
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