Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - It's essential, tasteless and more often than not we take it for granted.
The best of the best water samples from several Minnesota cities went head to head in a taste test contest at the DECC on Wednesday.
Four judges were tasked with ranking the surface water samples based on tastes, odors and after tastes.
One of the judges says he looks for subtleties in the water and admits detecting differences and be difficult.
" Every water has different characteristics; some is more mineralized than others, some depending on how it is treated might have different after tastes," said Jim Chaffee, president-elect of the American Water Works Association. "This is pretty important to the utilities to see if they're producing water that has a good taste."
The contest was part of the 96th Minnesota American Water Works Association annual convention.
10 utilities submitted samples including St. Peter, Waite Park, Duluth, Brainerd, International Falls, Eden Prairie, St. Cloud, Moorhead, East Grand Forks, and Rochester.
International Falls took the win.