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Incline Village’s water tapped as best-tasting in state of Nevada

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From left, Joe Pomroy, Mike Murphy, Jim Hammerel, Bob Foerster, Kendra Wong, Matthew Dent and Phil Horan celebrate the award on May 5.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — So far, 2016 has been a very good year for Tahoe Tap.

Tahoe locals have known for a long time about the superb drinking water available in our communities. But now, the word is getting out, and Tahoe Tap has been receiving accolades for having some of the best drinking water in the nation.

In March 2016, the Incline Village General Improvement District won the "Best Tasting Water in Nevada" competition at the Nevada Rural Water Conference, beating more than 25 other state competitors for the top prize.

The IVGID Board of Trustees and Public Works staff members Joe Pomroy and Mike Murphy were pleased to receive the official award from Bob Foerster, Executive Director of the Nevada Rural Water Association, on May 5. This honor could be taken farther in January 2017, as IVGID plans to compete in a national taste test for the first time.

Earlier this year, another Tahoe Tap member agency, the Glenbrook Water Cooperative on the East Shore, won the Gold Medal for "Best Tasting Water in the USA" at the nationwide competition sponsored by the National Rural Water Association. Judges rated each water based on its clarity, bouquet and taste at both the regional and national competitions.

IVGID and the Glenbrook Water Cooperative are founding members of the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association, which encourages residents and visitors to go without bottled water, and instead, "Drink Tahoe Tap."

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IVGID and Glenbrook hold a rare filtration exemption drinking water treatment status from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. TWSA members hold 6 of only 60 exemptions in the nation, attesting to the high quality and purity of Lake Tahoe's source water.

Both systems utilize state of the art ozone and ultraviolet disinfection to provide exceptional drinking waters to its residents. Small systems like Glenbrook and tens of thousands of others around the country must meet all of the same water quality standards as those systems serving millions of people.

The Great American Water Taste Test is held once a year at the National Rural Water Association's annual Water Rally. Thirty-seven states competed at the national level this year, from thousands of entries in the individual states. Glenbrook Water Cooperative's win was a first for Nevada in the nationwide contest.

This article was provided by the Incline Village General Improvement District. Visit ivgid.org to learn more, or visitTahoeH2O.org and DrinkTahoeTap.org to learn more about our water.