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Greeley Wins National Water Taste Test

BOTBTasteTestCMYKIn many parts of the country, tap water is not always of the highest quality or the best tasting. Greeley is fortunate that our water comes from Rocky Mountain snowmelt collected close to the source and then transported and treated by City of Greeley employees.  All of that undoubtedly contributes to the most recent award for our Water and Sewer Department. 

In June, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced that the City of Greeley had won the thirteenth annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test. The event, comprised of 34 regional winners from water-tasting competitions across North America, was held at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The People’s Choice award winner, selected from almost 1,000 entries, and determined by the conference attendees, was also awarded to the City of Greeley.  This is the first time in history that a municipality has won both the overall and people’s choice competitions in the same year!

Greeley WaterHere’s a quick fyi that demonstrates just how good our employees are . . . all tap water in the U.S. must meet more stringent and much more frequently-monitored health standards than those for bottled water. City of Greeley staff have consistently exceeded all of the standards set by the State of Colorado and the EPA. And just like our water, Greeley’s testing and reporting is transparent. Every year the Water and Sewer Department issues a water quality report, with the most recent one published in June of 2017.

Here’s another reason to love our water.  Greeley's tap water costs about $0.004 per gallon.  Bottled water ranges from $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon!  

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Roy H. Otto
City Manager 

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