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The 17th Annual Great American Water Taste Test w Glenbrook Water Cooperative in Glenbrook, Nev. Wins the Gold Medal Award With a cheer of celebration, officials from the Glenbrook Water Cooperative in Glenbrook, Nev. walked to the stage to accept the Gold Medal Award at the Great American Water Taste Test. Glenbrook was selected by a panel of judges at the GAWTT finals on Feb. 10 in Washington D.C. The Consolidated Rural Water and Sewer District #1 of Jefferson County from Hastings, Okla. won the Silver Award, with the City of Emporia, Kan. earning Bronze. The Northwest Dyersburg Utility District in Dyersburg, Tenn. and the City of Scottsbluff, Neb. completed the top five finalists. A panel of preliminary judges selected the five finalists from entries submitted from across the nation. Only utilities that had won their state drinking water taste test were eligible to compete for the national competition. Rural Utility Service Administrator, Brandon McBride; Assistant Administrator for Water and Environmental Programs, Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk; RUS Senior Advisor, Titilayo Ogunyale; Director for Rural Development's Water Programs Division, Kent Evans, and USDA Engineering and Environmental Staff Director, Kelli Kubena served as the final judges. Judges rated each water sample on a scale of 1 to 10, based on its clarity, bouquet and taste. Watch a recording of the entire Taste Test at ‚óŹ The Bronze Medal went to Emporia, Kansas. Accepting was Sam Atherton, President of Kansas Rural Water Association. Accepting the Silver Medal for the Consolidated Rural Water & Sewer District #1 of Jefferson County, Oklahoma, was Kenny Lovett of the District. Kenny Lovett poses with the judges and the Silver Medal. The esteemed panel of judges as they sip the top five finalists in the Great American Water Taste Test. 30 FIRST QUARTER 2016 Judges were (left to right): Kellie Kubena, Kent Evans, Titilayo Ogunyale, Brandon McBride and Jacqueline Ponti-Lazaruk. Gold Medal winner Cameron McKay, Glenbrook Water Cooperative, Glenbrook, Nevada.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2016

Strategic Planning for Water Utilities
Planning for Drought
A Rally to Remember
The 17th Annual Great American Water Taste Test
USDA Rural Development Has Loans
Rural Water Association of Utah Launches Successful Training Program
Vermont Rural Water Association Continues Training; Plans More for 2016
From the President
Finance: Investing Without Borders
Emergency Management: Decontamination Strategy for the Water Sector
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Dell R. Harris, Kentucky Rural Water Association
Case Study: Bubble Diffusers
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From The CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2016