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Southwest Water Authority garners gold medal at annual tasting contest

The Southwest Water Authority celebrated their 30 years of providing award-winning quality water to southwest North Dakota in style, after judges at an International Water Tasting Contest for 2021 awarded North Dakota’s SWA the bronze medal — placing third in the United States for having the best tasting tap water in the world.

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Southwest Water Authority tank. (Dickinson Press file photo)

Only a few months later, judges of the North Dakota Rural Water Association’s water tasting contest awarded Southwest Water Authority (SWA) first place for the taste and clarity of its water.

This is the second time SWA has placed first in the state for its best tasting rural tap water, based on three attributes: clarity, bouquet, and taste.

“As we celebrate 30-years of providing quality water, this award was accepted on behalf of everyone at Southwest Water Authority," Mary Massad, Southwest Water Authority CEO, said. "This honor is only possible because of the professional staff and certified operators who always go above and beyond when it comes to great-tasting, safe drinking water, 24/7, no matter the circumstance.”

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The Judges of the North Dakota Rural Water Association’s water tasting contest recently awarded Southwest Water Authority (SWA) first place for the taste and clarity of its water. (Photo courtesy of Southwest Water Authority)

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This great American water taste test is the nation’s largest rural water taste contest, where winners of each state-wide competition compete for the best tasting water in the country at the National Rural Water Association’s annual national competition being held in Washington D.C.

Southwest Water Authority (SWA) was established by the North Dakota State Legislature in 1991 to manage, operate, and maintain the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) and services Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Slope, and Stark counties, as well as the cities of Dickinson and Mandan.

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James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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