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Bottoms up: Bozeman water ranked third-best tasting in the US

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 20:22:03-04

BOZEMAN, Mont. — There must be something in the water; Or maybe not. The American Water Works Association on Tuesday ranked Bozeman as having the third best-tasting tap water in North America, and the best in the State of Montana.

Each year at the AWWA Conference, which took place in Denver this year, a panel of judges holds a tap water taste-test, to crown three cities with the “Best of the Best” tap water based on factors like odor.

“When people complain about water, they usually complain about the taste of chlorine, so we try not to add too much,  ” said Eric Campbell, superintendent of the Bozeman Water Treatment Plant. “Some people like mineral water, it has a higher mineral content, and other people like water that doesn’t have any mineral, so it’s pretty subjective.”

Out of 28 cities, Bozeman placed third for best-tasting tap water behind first-place Ontario, Canada and second-place Sugarland, Texas.

Campbell said he credits the City of Bozeman’s hardworking team for the crisp finish. “State of the art facilities, dedicated staff at the plant and in water distribution, and a well-maintained distribution, but mostly we have a dedicated staff.”

This is the first time Bozeman has ranked in the top five.