Hi-Desert Water District Wins Water Tasting Contest

February 28, 2000

YUCCA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA -- During the 10th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest, Hi-Desert Water District finished in first place among entries from 27 states and the District of Columbia in the Municipal Water category.

With representatives from France, Bosnia and many states in this year's competition, the contest was held in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and considered to be the largest water tasting competition in the world. Judges included media representatives from around the country. Among them are those from Frederick and Baltimore Magazines, the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and the Associated Press of West Virginia.

The judges were instructed to look, sniff, and taste each water with those guidelines used in wine tasting. The waters were rated according to appearance or clearness, aroma, taste, and aftertaste over two days in three separate flights.

This is the first year Hi-Desert Water District has entered the competition. "After hearing about the contest, the District decided to enter the well water we serve to our customers" said District General Manager Charles E. Bryant. Responding to the outcome of the competition, Bryant said "winning first place is considered an honor that provides a sense of pride for Hi-Desert Water District and the community of Yucca Valley. "

In the Municipal Water category, the winners were:
Gold Medal Winner: Hi-Desert Water District, Yucca Valley, CA (410 points)
Silver Medal Winner: Metropolitan Water District (399 points)
Bronze Medal Winner: Pico Rivera, CA (397 points)
4th Place: Gatlinburg, TN (382 points)
5th Place: Sandusky, OH (379 points)

Related link: www.berkeleysprings.com/water