Emporia named runner-up for best-tasting water in rural America
The city of Prairie du Sac, Wis., recently was awarded the gold medal for best-tasting rural water in the nation during the Great American Water Taste Test, held at the National Rural Water Association's Water Rally in Washington, D.C. USDA Rural Utilities Service Acting Administrator John Padalino served on the judging panel. Padalino administers USDA water and environmental programs.
"This event is a reminder of how essential rural water infrastructure is to every community in America," Padalino said. "A strong rural water network leads to a strong rural America. A strong rural America leads to a stronger America, where food, energy, goods and services are plentiful."
The City of Emporia, Kan., won second place, and Village of Psagh, Iowa, placed third. Other finalists included the Village of Roscommon, Mich., and the Village of Trenton, Neb.
A panel of judges selected the finalists from entries across the United States. Each sample was judged on clarity, bouquet and taste.
Padalino spoke at the NWRA 2013 Rural Water Rally and at the Rural Community Assistance Partnership annual board meeting. At both events, the administrator, a former water system's operator, emphasized the need for continued investment in rural water and waste disposal infrastructure.
Since 2009, USDA has invested $8 billion in new and improved infrastructure that will benefit 4.5 million households and businesses and 12.4 million rural residents.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.