City water wins taste-off
MANISTIQUE – The city of Manistique is walking on water after winning a recent water “taste-off” contest. By winning the contest, the regional American Water Works Association of Michigan’s Drinking Water Taste-Off, the city took home an award, as well as an entry into the State of Michigan Drinking Water Taste-Off Finals.
Corey Barr, Manistique water/wasterwater superintendent, said the contest involved 11 other regional communities in the May 8 competition.
“This is all possible because … council approved a very nice treatment improvement project at our facility,” he said.
Manistique’s water treatment plant underwent a nearly two-year improvement project worth approximately $6.8 million beginning in 2011. Now complete, the facility is the only facility in the Upper Peninsula, and one of a handful in Michigan, to use an ozone treatment system in its water-treatment process.
In addition to the system, several areas in the 33-year-old facility were rehabilitated during the construction project, including pumps, filter tanks, electronic controls and various other components.
According to the AWWA rules, any noncustomer community water supply may enter the competition by providing a clean, clear, glass quart canning jar of room temperature water.
“It’s very hard for a surface water treatment plant to compete against groundwater systems – in fact, we’re the first in the U.P. to have one first place,” he said.
The water was judged on best appearance and best taste at room temperature and one winner was selected at each of the four regional AWWA meetings. The winners, including Manistique, received a trophy and will compete in the taste-off finals, held during the MI-AWWA Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 10-13.