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Sep 27, 2015 9:59 AM

Tastiest tap water in NH can be found in Merrimack


MERRIMACK - The award for tastiest tap water statewide was won by the Merrimack Village District Water Works in a contest for best public water, a competition involving 17 contestants around the state.

The recognition means the water will now be entered in the Great American Taste Test, an annual national contest held by the National Rural Water Association in February in Washington, D.C., according to the Telegraph of Nashua.

For the New Hampshire contest, water samples were judged on taste, smell and clarity by a panel of experts from the state Department of Environmental Services, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency.

"The 'Drinking Water Taste Test' is a fun way to highlight the importance of this natural resource. It's a great way to share with the public the important role that drinking water utilities play in terms of public health and safety," said Jennifer Palmiotto, executive director of the Granite State Rural Water Association, which hosted the competition at the group's annual conference on Sept. 15.

Merrimack Village District manager Jill Lavoie said they plan to send a representative with water samples to D.C. for the contest.

"It's going to be exciting," she told the Telegraph.

Merrimack Village District provides water for 87 percent of Merrimack, which has a population of about 25,500 people.


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