Waldo County Senator Mike Thibodeau of Winterport was one of the judges at last Thursday’s best-water-in-the-state competition in Freeport.
Waldo County Senator Mike Thibodeau of Winterport was one of the judges at last Thursday’s best-water-in-the-state competition in Freeport.
Kingfield, a small town of a thousand people in western Maine, walked away with the 2011 award for the tastiest drinking water in the state at a competition held in Freeport on Thursday, December 8.

Dozens of community water suppliers around the state competed in Maine Rural Water Association's 31st annual competition to see who has the best drinking water.

Madison Water District, which serves several towns about 20 miles from Kingfield, squared off against Kingfield in the finals. Madison Water District topped the category for the tastiest Water with a Disinfectant (like chlorine) and Kingfield reached the finals in the Non-Disinfected Water category. A taste-off declared Kingfield the champion.

The Kingfield Water District will represent the state of Maine in a national tasty water competition in Washington, D.C., in February.

The judges for the Maine competition were Senator Michael Thibodeau of Winterport; Virginia Manuel, the state director for rural development at the United States Department of Agriculture; and Tami Kennedy, publicist for the Maine Brewers' Guild.

Thibodeau said he knew water: Winterport Water District was the 2010 recipient of Maine Rural Water Association's Outstanding Operations Awards for Water.

The taste test comes at the end of the Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference, which over 475 utility personnel, municipal officials and industry representatives attended to learn about technological advancements, new federal and state rules and regulations, and financing options.