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Water from the City of Granbury has been awarded “Best Tasting Water in Texas-1st Runner Up” by the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association.
An esteemed judging panel rated water systems throughout the state on flavor characteristics. Only the Trinity River Authority’s water was judged better tasting than Granbury’s water. Results were recently announced at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) meetings in San Antonio.
Receiving the Award on behalf of the City of Granbury were Jason Barber, Assistant Public Works Director-Utilities and J.G. Brite, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent. “Had Granbury placed just one step higher, it would have automatically been entered in the national competition,” Brite said.
“Everyone in the City of Granbury Water Department works very hard to make sure residents’ drinking water always exceeds water quality standards in every category. That process leads to having great tasting water, as well. I’m honored that our team is being recognized by the AWWA Texas Section for providing the public with a great tasting product,” said Barber.
The Water Team is approximately 20 staff members who are part of the City’s Public Works Staff. They have a “recipe” for blending treated water with reverse osmosis filtered water to achieve superior taste. A staff-proposed, council-approved, taxpayer-funded investment of $34 million in the current plant since 2017 is paying off.
“Since 2017, the water that ends up in Granbury’s homes has shifted from primarily well water to almost 90 percent surface water from Lake Granbury,” said City Manager Chris Coffman. “That has improved the taste to an award-winning level. I’m proud of the constant monitoring our City staff does to continuously supply clean, great tasting water.”
For many years, the City has partnered with the engineering firm Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd in numerous water-related projects. “Their engineers deserve some of the credit for this recognition,” said Barber.