Sitka drinking water takes national prize for its taste

    A view of Sitka, Alaska.

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - The tap water for the City and Borough of Sitka has been recognized nationally after taking 2nd place at the American Water Works Association taste test competition.

    The event, which was held in San Antonio, Texas, pitted Sitka against 25 other competitors from the U.S. and Canada.

    Shilo Wiliams, the Environmental Superintendent for Sitka, says the water in the borough comes from a pristine source.

    "Our source water comes from Blue Lake, and is a pristine water source," Williams said. "It's so pristine that we actually have filtration-avoidance waivers, that means we don't have to filter our surface water, which is kind of a rare thing. There's not a lot of those waivers across the country. We provide minimal treatment, low chemical additions. And we have a fantastic operations team that ensures we deliver safe, reliable drinking water to to our communities."

    Williams says the water in Sitka is well cultivated and consistently monitored.

    "We monitor our water 24/7 for a number of constituents, and we're looking at pH and turbidity, our chlorine levels," Williams said. "We're constantly monitoring to make sure that we're providing safe drinking water to our community."

     

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