Friday, March 25, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT
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Jolene Gibson 
South Sound Subsection PNWS-AWWA 




South Sound Subsection PNWS-AWWA 

2022 Water Taste Test Competition


Is your water the best tasting? Put it to the challenge!

The South Sound Subsection announces its 12th Annual Water Taste Test.

All utilities and water purveyors in the South Sound area are encouraged to participate. The winning water in this competition will have the honor of competing for the title of "Best in the Northwest" at the 2022 PNWS-AWWA Conference in Tacoma, WA.

The PNWS-AWWA Section Conference is limiting its competition to only Water Taste Test, and not doing the Meter Challenge nor the Hydrant Hysteria this year.  However, the committee is planning to bring back all three competitions next year in 2023, so be on the lookout for those!


Due to the ongoing pandemic and to ensure we are responsible for the public health, the competition will be held privately with judges and board members present in a small setting.  There is a plan to livestream the event and when it is finalized, we will have the link to join available and it will be advertised.

You are registering to submit for water samples, not to attend the event.


To submit water samples, click the "Register Now" button below!

Contestants must register no later than 5:00PM on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 to be eligible to compete!

This South Sound Water Taste Test contest is open to all utilities in the south sound counties that have no state or federal regulatory violations within the last year.  All members are encouraged to participate or merely attend to cheer on your favorites and partake in the festivities.

*The South Sound Subsection of the PNWS-AWWA includes the Counties of Kitsap, Pierce, Mason, Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pacific (Except that portion lying South of the East/West line through the mouth of the Nema River excluding the Long Beach Peninsula.*

Judging will be based on three categories: scent, flavor, and aftertaste.  Each category will be scored on a 10-point scale from low (1) to high (10), the highest possible total score being 30 points.

For complete instructions on how to collect water samples, please click here for a PDF view of the instructions.