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Third time’s the charm: Bozeman drinking water wins statewide taste test again, going national

Posted at 3:29 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 18:34:49-04

BOZEMAN – Bozeman’s tap water has caught national attention before.

Now, it has another shot at doing it again.

For the third year in a row — Bozeman’s high-quality tap water won the Montana section of the American Water Works Association taste test, beating the city of Missoula in the process.

The process puts the drinking water from Bozeman in the hands of judges, who blindly taste and test the water in other ways to choose which is the best.

Bozeman water and sewer superintendent John Alston says Big Sky won nationally once before so he hopes it is Bozeman’s turn.

“We have very good, high-quality water before it even hits the plant,” Alston said. “We’ve spent a lot of money, as you all know, to build this plant up here at Sourdough and it does a great job. The staff does an awesome job.”

With a top-of-the-line water treatment plant to boot, he says the odds are high.

A sample of Bozeman water will now head to Denver, CO where the national portion of the testing will take place on June 11.

Reporting by Cody Boyer for MTN News