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Bismarck's water was named the tastiest during the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association's 33rd annual conference in February. 

Nineteen large, small and rural water utilities from around the state submitted samples of their water straight from the tap. Conference attendees narrowed it down to four systems — North Prairie Rural Water District, East Central Regional Water District, R&T Water District and Bismarck. Bismarck's water was named most appealing by a panel of judges, which consisted of consisted Geoff Slick of AE2S, Kristi Brunner of Bartlett & West, and Kent Watson, the president of National Rural Water Association. Bismarck supplies water to Lincoln and a portion of the South Central Regional Water District. 

The competition is part of a "Quality on Tap!" campaign to emphasize the high quality, standards and taste of rural water. Winners of the state contest will compete in a national contest on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This event is part of the NRWA Rural Water Rally, an annual legislative event for the 50 state affiliates of the National Rural Water Association.

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