There is a national competition for best-tasting tap water

Top contenders this year: Louisville and Fremont, Nebraska. Time to start filling out those brackets, water fans!


  1. St. Louis won this one year and, frankly, with my travels, it is one of the best tap waters I’ve had. 

  2. I stayed with a friend at their house near Poland Springs, Maine. I am not sure if the source of the tap water was the same as the Poland Springs bottled water brand, but it sure tasted good.

  3. Huntington, NY used to have their national award on all their water district trucks.  I guess they had the title back in the 90’s

  4. Norfolk, VA won some sort of tap water award one year, and now they bottle their tap watter and give it away during festivals and to restaurants. I guess that’s a… unique way of promoting the city.

  5. Eugene, Oregon. Shortest run in the US (down the Frazier River, I believe) of lava-filtered glacial water. The source is marvelous to see – a small, crystal clear lake with no streams running into it, but a large alpine river (the Frazier) flowing out. The water’s source is Cascade Mountains snowmelt upwelling from volcanic rock underneath the lake. Oh, and the area is National Forest with beautiful hiking trails over multiple 100+ foot waterfalls.

  6. i was maybe eleven when i moved to Nashville from Michigan.  my first drink from the tap, i shot a “you’ve got to be kidding me” stinkeye to my host.  in michigan, the weather sucked but living in the middle of north america’s biggest deposit of fresh water had at least one advantage.

    1. I assume this means you weren’t drinking water from DWSD when you were in Michigan?  

      1.  DWSD?  that’s the water company?  the D being “Detroit”?  never encountered that acronym before; I obviously didn’t have a bill in my name as an eleven-year-old.

        but I might have drank from them.  I lived in Ann Arbor and Southfield, with a brief stint in Sturgis (far SW corner area.)  Southfield borders Detroit, but I never noticed a difference anywhere in MI.  This was quite a while ago, though: ’74-’87.

  7. duluth, minnesota has the best tasting tap water i’ve ever had.. straight out of lake superior and run through their relatively new water works.. it tastes cleaner than anything in plastic right out of the tap (i’m sure this depends on your pipes somewhat, but still.. )

  8. One of my brothers lived in Dunsmuir, CA, back in the 70s, and they were quite proud of their drinking water there.  But I always had bottled water (usually in a cooler) in San Diego; the tap water from the Helix water district was pretty nasty.

    And now I live down the block from JPL.  They inadvertently poisoned some of the groundwater in western Pasadena decades ago, and have spent a lot of time, money, and effort cleaning it up since.  Previous owners of my house installed a softener and two separate reverse-osmosis systems serially, but my tap water still gets regarded with suspicion.

    But it doesn’t kill the plants, anyway.

  9. Here near Santa Cruz, CA the local tap water is pretty tasty right at first.  But leave some in a glass for a couple of hours and it takes on a flavor reminiscent of a drink from a garden hose that hasn’t been flushed out yet.  I suspect the flavor degradation arises from some reaction products of chloramine, whatever organics are in the water, air, and perhaps light.  At any rate, this makes me wonder whether the methodology for testing water taste allows for water sitting around a while before tasting?  If it doesn’t, it should.

  10. Having been to Fremont, NE, I have to say that the tap water is the only thing to recommend the place.

    Interestingly, there is another town located a bit further south, along the Platte River, named Louisville (the “Louis-” here is pronounced like “St Louis”).  From the way the headline is written, I momentarily thought that somehow Nebraska had managed to score two nominees.

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