ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Water Works Association announced in June that the Big Sky County Water and Sewer District won the eleventh annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test.

The event was composed of 29 regional winners from water tasting competitions across North America – including a team from Puerto Rico – and was held at AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Anaheim, Calif.

The Big Sky County Water and Sewer District is a special-purpose unit of government organized to regulate and operate the town’s public water and sewer systems. Their source water is untreated groundwater. An esteemed judging panel rated each water system on its flavor characteristics.

Universal City, Texas, won second place in the competition and third place saw a tie between the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and last year’s champions, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. The People’s Choice award winner, as determined by the conference attendees, went to Champlain Water District of South Burlington, Vt.

The AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition, which brought an estimated 12,000 water experts to Anaheim this year, is the longest running water conference in the world, having first convened in 1881. The event features several hundred expert presentations and an exposition of more than 500 companies showcasing the latest innovations in water technology.

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.