Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT
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IAFF Local 31 Firefighters Hall 
1109 S 50th St
Tacoma, WA 98408

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Jolene Gibson 
South Sound Subsection PNWS-AWWA 




South Sound Subsection PNWS-AWWA Event

Best Tasting Water and Meter Challenge Competition at

IAFF Local 31 Firefighters Hall


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

The South Sound Subsection announces it's 13th 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 2023 PNWS-AWWA conference in Kennewick, WA .


Sponsorship Opportunity

Event Sponsorship: $400

 Help us keep spectators hydrated and fed while at our event.

Benefits include:

  • Logo displayed on all signage
  • Logo displayed with thank you on South Sound Best Tasting Water web page
  • Shout out at the event
  • Thank you in new “Water Matters” article
  • Option to have one of your staff as a Taste Test Judge


Meter Challenge Competition 

If you would like to enter our competition please do so by clicking the register now button above.

Review the rules at:


The competition will be held during the South Sound Subsection’s 2023 

 Best Tasting Water Competition.

If you have additional questions contact Chris Hicks at chicks@cityoftacoma.org


To RSVP to attend and or compete in this event click the register now button above!

Contestants must register no later than Friday, March 24, 2023 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.

Hope to see you there!!!