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Town of Lovettsville Wins the 'Great Water Taste Contest' BY KARIN FELLERS AND STEPHEN GATES (TOWN OF LOVETTSVILLE) AND KENNY REYNOLDS (VRWA) THIS YEAR MARKED the 15th Annual Water Taste Contest, which was held at the VRWA Annual Conference on April 14, 2015 at the beautiful Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. Samples were received in one-quart clear mason jars and given to Lisa Kerr from VRWA who assigns each entry a number. All water samples are judged on taste, bouquet/smell and clarity using a scale of 10 to 0, with 10 being the highest.  When received, the water is first tested for clarity using a Hach 2100N Turbidimeter and results were verified by two Virginia Class I Water Operators who are part of VRWA. VRWA has devised a turbidity scale, which gives each sample a score of 10 to 0 for clarity for this part of the competition. This year,  our judges for our competition  included Trisha L. Henshaw, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; Janice StroudBickes, Assistant to the State Director of the Virginia Office of the United States Department of Agriculture/ Rural Development; and Anthony Hess, Sustainability Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health/Office of Drinking Water. Our three judges were given only water samples with numbers and are unaware of any names or information that would identify the water samples. Water is poured into individual clear plastic cups from each pitcher to be scored and rated from 10 to 0, and then the totals for each sample are tabulated. The winner of the competition is then determined by the sample with the highest score. This year's winner was the Town of Lovettsville, located about 50 miles outside Washington, D.C., in Loudoun County. The town has a population of around 1,800 with almost 750 connections. The town has a small business base, plus an elementary school and a community center; however, most of the water consumption is residential. Water is The many improvements over the years have enhanced the Lovettsville's water quality to win the Best Tasting Water in rural Virginia. supplied from four different wells capable of providing 700,000 gallons per day. The town achieves iron and manganese removal through the use of green sand filtration at three independent treatment facilities (two of which are less than 10 years old and were built and paid for by new developments in the town). The water is stored in two large ground level storage tanks and then pumped through the system to the town's elevated storage tank. With the hard work of three full-time operators who also operate the sewer system, the town produces between 100,000 and 150,000 gallons per day depending on seasonal demand. The town is currently performing a major upgrade to the SCADA system that will provide more reliable monitoring and control of the system. This upgrade will help ensure a higher level of service with focus on more consistent system pressure even during water breaks and fire flow situations. The town is thrilled to win this award as many remember a time when residents were bringing in jars of brown and orange water to the Town Council meetings to complain about the poor water quality. The many improvements over the years have enhanced the Lovettsville's's water quality to win the Best Tasting Water in rural Virginia. The winner will represent Virginia in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, D.C., at the National Rural Water Association Rally in February 2016, where they will compete with those across the United States. We also send our congratulations to our second-place winner, Lee County PSA, and our third-place winner, Town of Broadway. 43

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2015

From the President: A Disinfection Byproducts Odyssey
From the Executive Director: It’s Over
Importance of Professional Relationships in the Water and Wastewater Industry
Spring Cleaning … All Year Long
Region Meetings: the Next Big Thing
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Virginia Source Water
USDA Rural Development
A Successful Model for Waterworks
Professional Licensing Update: News You Can Use
NRWA Recap
Tank Team Tackles Water Distribution
VRWA 2015 Conference Highlights
Town of Lovettsville Wins the ‘Great Water Taste Contest’
Throwing My Loop: Helpers in Our Path
Wastewater Crossword
VRWA Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2015