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Bismarck tastes victory with state's best drinking water

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GRAND FORKS -- Tap water from Bismarck made quite the splash during the annual Drinking Water Taste Test on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Bismarck tap water was declared the best-tasting water in the state, with Wahpeton and Valley City water trailing behind. Judges Aurel Arndt, American Water Works Association treasurer; Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty and Matt Henson of WDAZ-TV judged the top three samples during a blind taste test. There were nine samples total.

The contest took place during the 90th annual North Dakota Water and Pollution Control Conference at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Last year Lisbon won the competition and Grand Forks saw a win in 2007.