City water wins region's annual 'Best Taste' Award

Citzens get a chance to draw their own conclusions, March 20

Mar 17, 2016 - by Amy Cloud, Communications and Outreach

The City of Bellingham's drinking water isn't just clean and safe. It's also the best-tasting water in the Pacific Northwest, according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA.)


Bellingham's water sample won the AWWA Pacific Northwest section's annual Best Taste contest on Feb. 24. The contest included entries ranging from large municipalities, including Everett, to small independent water districts from throughout Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, Jefferson and Clallam counties. The City of Bellingham also won the association's very first Taste Test, ten years ago.


What makes the drinking water taste so good? It's a combination of the source water – the City of Bellingham takes its drinking water from Lake Whatcom – and the professional expertise of the operators, technicians and scientists who work at the Water Treatment Plant or are part of its distribution system.  More information about the City's water treatment and water quality is available in the annual Drinking Water Quality consumer confidence report. To see the latest annual report, click here.


Community members will get a chance to taste and vote as well. On Sunday, March 20, at the City's 8th Annual Walk for Water, walkers are invited to participate in a blind “taste test” of drinking water from several local providers. For more information on World Water Day, the Walk for Water or the taste test, click here or visit


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City of Bellingham - Public Works
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