Aurora Wins Award For Best-Tasting Water in Kane County

Aurora Wins Award For Best-Tasting Water in Kane County

Aurora has once again earned the title of Best Water in Kane County.

At the 2017 Kane County Water Association’s Water Taste Test Contest held Dec. 22, 2017, a panel of judges tasted water from municipalities throughout Kane County and scored the water samples on taste, odor and color.

Aurora proved to have the best water among the 10 municipalities in the contest. Participants included Batavia, Elburn, Elgin, Geneva, Montgomery, North Aurora, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.

This year marks the seventh time that the city of Aurora has earned the top accolades in the contest. The previous wins were in 1998, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2016.

“None of this is possible without the daily effort of each member of our team,” said Water Production Superintendent David Schumacher. “Whether it is maintaining equipment, operating systems, general upkeep of our sites, processing samples and performing analyses, budgeting for our required supplies, or any of the other necessary tasks to keep the Water Production Division going strong.”

Aurora’s drinking water has also earned state and national recognition both for its great taste and its safety.

The city won the best-tasting water in the state of Illinois in 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In 2015, the Partnership for Safe Water, a national initiative to improve the quality of drinking water across the country, recognized Aurora’s Water Production team with its President’s Award.

This 2017 win in Kane County advances Aurora to the state water tasting competition next spring where cities will vie for the title of Best Water in Illinois.

SOURCE: city of Aurora news release

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Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456.  Aurora is known as the “City of Lights” because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights.  Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties.  Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships.  For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city’s website at