The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s (ECUA) drinking water has been selected as the “2013 Best Tasting Water” in a taste-test competition held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Destin, Florida.  The annual event was sponsored by Region IX of the Florida Section / American Water Works Association (FS/AWWA).  Region IX is comprised of all water utilities in the four westernmost counties of the Panhandle: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton.

The FS/AWWA is divided into 12 Regions, each hosting their own regional competition. Participation in the Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest is open only to  water providers within the geographical region who have not experienced any violations in the federal or state safe drinking water regulatory requirements. Destin Water Users hosted the event and provided a panel of impartial judges. Each water sample was evaluated for taste, odor, color, and clarity.

“ECUA water has been recognized as the best-tasting water in the Florida Panhandle for the fourth time in seven years. Our Water Department staff have done us all proud,” said ECUA Board Chairman, Larry N. Walker.

As a four-time winner of the Region IX competition, ECUA will now compete against the other 11 FS/AWWA Regions’ winners in the state-wide competition. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 30, in Orlando, Florida at the Florida Water Resource Conference.