Arvada, CO . . . . The U.S. Conference of Mayors completed the first round of its annual City Water Taste Test Competition in Washington, D.C. Ninety-three cities around the country submitted water samples, and Arvada’s water placed in the top 15.
The 2007 competition included samples from 93 cities that were coded by number to hide the identity of the city. Judging involved a blind taste test using the criteria of taste, aroma, and clarity. This year’s panel of judges were Tommy Jacomo, Proprietor of The Palm restaurant in Washington, DC; Ben Grumbles, Assistant Administrator of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Juliet Eilperin, environment reporter of The Washington Post newspaper.
The top 15 cities are: Anaheim, CA; Arvada, CO; Beverly Hills, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Dubuque, IA; Greenbay, WI; Lansing, MI; Long Beach, CA; Northbrook, IL; Philadelphia, PA; St. Louis, MO; San Jose, CA; Sugar Land, TX; Tallahassee, FL; and Toledo, OH.
Five finalists will compete for “Best Tasting City Water in America” at the 75th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Los Angeles (June 22-26). They are: Anaheim, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Long Beach, CA; St. Louis, MO; and Toledo, OH. Hundreds of mayors from around the nation will act as judges in the blind taste test contest; the winning city will receive a cash prize of $15,000.