The County of Maui Department of Water Supply took home top honors in a “Best Tasting Water in Hawaii” competition recently for its entry of fresh water drawn from the Iao aquifer in Central Maui.
“Congratulations to the Department of Water Supply for this much-deserved award,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “This award recognizes what Maui residents already know: Maui tap water tastes delicious, and it doesn’t require a plastic bottle that must be disposed of later.”
Department of Water Supply Director Helene Kau added that “it takes hard work, planning and know-how to routinely deliver this precious resource to our residents. I thank our staff for all they do to supply clean, safe water to customers on 37,000 service accounts on Maui and Molokai.”
The Iao water was judged against competitors in a blind test for clarity, taste and odor during a Hawaii Rural Water Association Training and Technical Conference on May 25 in Kona.
Maui Department of Water Supply personnel will receive a free round-trip ticket and accommodations in Washington, D.C., to compete against water from other states during the National Rural Water Association Rally in February in the nation’s capital.