ROCKPORT – Dozens of community water suppliers around the state will be competing for the title of Maine’s Best Tasting Water at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.

The two categories that will be judged are water with a disinfectant, such as chlorine, and water without a disinfectant. There will be a final round pitting the two categories against each other with the winner awarded the honor of having Maine’s Best Tasting Water. The winner will represent the State of Maine in the National Taste Test in Washington DC in February 2023. Taste Test Judges include Amy Lachance, director, Maine Drinking Water Program, Sean Mulligan, assistant vice president, Machias Savings Bank, Rebecca Labranche, regional vice president and laboratory director, A&L Laboratory.

The Kingfield Water Department currently holds the 2022 bragging rights and title to Maine’s Best Tasting Water.

Maine Rural Water Association’s annual conference provides water and wastewater professionals with an opportunity to gather for professional and community development. “Our team has developed an excellent technical conference and we are excited to share it with the Maine water and wastewater community” said Kirsten Hebert, executive director for the Maine Rural Water Association. “The men and women that work in our industry play an oversized role in supporting their communities public and environmental health, and we are thrilled that we can facilitate their continuing education journey.”

Some of this year’s class offerings include updates from the Maine Drinking Water Program and Department of Environmental Protection on PFAS rules and regulations, how to enhance relationships between municipalities and utility districts, best practices for accessing state and federal funding, and more.