Arcadia, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The City of Arcadia holds the title of Best-Tasting Water in Wisconsin, for the second year in a row. The title was awarded in a competition held each year at a statewide conference of drinking water utilities.
After winning the title in 2011, Arcadia advanced to place third in the nation at the 2012 AWWA Best of the Best Competition at ACE in Dallas. Arcadia can return to national competition next June in Denver.
Arcadia Water & Wastewater Utility Superintendent Gary Skroch said he and his six employees were astounded and very excited to win the state competition again. He said the titles are a source of great pride for Arcadia, with a population of 3,000. "This is something for the whole community to be proud of, it's not just us at the water utility. This is a combination of efforts, visionary thinking and commitment, of the Arcadia Utility Commission along with the City of Arcadia, Davy Engineering, and its dedicated employees to our water facilities and water infrastructure," he said.
Arcadia's largest water customers are Ashley Furniture and Gold'n Plump Poultry. Arcadia's water source is groundwater from the Mt. Simon Aquifer that supplies volumes of quality water to its four wells and water filtration facilities. The utility, founded in 1902, provides an average 1.5 million gallons a day, and uses horizontal pressure filtration and iron and manganese removal.
The Water Taste Test showcases the dedication and diligence of drinking water professionals to provide pure and safe drinking water 24-hours-a-day. Judges rate taste, odor, and color and clarity appearance.
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