December 15th, 2015

Illinois American Water’s Champaign County Team Defends Regional Water Taste Test Title; Earns First Place Second Year in a Row

Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District placed first in the 15-County Water Supply Operator Association’s water taste test competition. This is the second year in a row and the fourth time overall for this honor to be awarded to Illinois American Water’s Champaign County team.

A sample from the Mattis Water Treatment Plant was the winning entry. Water samples were judged on taste, odor and clarity.

As the regional winner, Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District will represent the region in the statewide taste test competition held during the Illinois Section of American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Conference, WATERCON 2020, in Springfield next month. The winner of the state competition will compete in AWWA’s national Best of the Best water taste test held during AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE20) in June. Over 12,000 water professionals across the country will gather at ACE20 where the best-tasting tap water in North America will be declared.

Brian Wiemers, senior manager of production, said, “We take great pride in the product we deliver to homes and businesses every day. Winning the regional taste test and the opportunity to compete on a state and, possibly, national level is a testament to our team’s commitment. We’re proud to provide award-winning drinking water to our friends and neighbors.”

Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District won national Best of the Best honors in 2005 and 2006. Illinois American Water is one of only two water systems to earn the national honor twice.

About Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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