General Manager Jim Fay (L) and Director of Water Quality and Production Mike Barsotti (R) accept the Best of the Best award on behalf of the CWD.


Champlain Water District Wins People’s Choice Water Taste Test

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Thursday July 02, 2015

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced that the Champlain Water District (CWD) in South Burlington has won the 2015 “Best of the Best” People’s Choice Water Taste Test. The event, composed of regional AWWA Section winners from water-tasting competitions across North America, was held at AWWA’s annual conference and exposition in Anaheim, California. To qualify for this event the Champlain Water District had previously won the Best Tasting Drinking Water in New England as part of the New England Water Works Association’s blind taste test held last September.

CWD’s General Manager Jim Fay, and Director of Water Quality and Production Mike Barsotti accepted the award for the district. Jim Fay stated, “This recognition was a culmination of over 25 years of effort by CWD staff and the elected Board of Water Commissioners. CWD’s mission as a drinking water supplier has always been to ensure public health protection by tenaciously striving to improve the quality of water delivered to our served 75,000 customers.”

CWD is a regional municipal organization supplying drinking water and fire protection to (12) municipal water systems in northwestern Vermont. In 2014, CWD celebrated its 15th anniversary of continuing to maintain the Partnership for Safe Water Program’s Excellence in Water Treatment Award criteria. CWD was the first water supplier in North American to receive the Excellence in Water Treatment Award in 1999, and is presently one of 15 water utilities that have attained this level of water treatment optimization, which signifies continuous performance protective of public health.

CWD has maintained this level of as required by the Partnership for Safe Water Program, which collectively serves a total population of over 100 million people, or two-thirds of the U.S. citizens using surface water as its source.