Missouri Rural Water Association awarded a trophy and provided a pizza luncheon for officials from the City of Humansville in Polk County Friday, May 6th. The honors came as part of the “spoils of victory” for the winner of the annual water taste test.
The City of Humansville bested four other finalists April 20th in order to capture the title of “2016 Best Tasting Water in Missouri.” During the May 6th gathering, Humansville City Superintendent John Hopkins admitted, “I just did it (submitted a water sample) on a whim.” This water system manager said that he did not expect to win.
That is not to say that Hopkins or other city representatives were overly surprised by the result. With modesty to deflect credit away from himself, Hopkins described the local water quality as historically good. A natural spring is what enticed Founder James Human to settle the area in the early 19th century.
While the town now receives its drinking water from two deep wells, it still boasts water quality reminiscent of that natural spring.
Furthermore, this is not the only feature unique to this community. Mayor Paula Jonson said that it is the only town in the world with the name of Humansville.
State Representative Sue Entlicher has provided the community a House Resolution commemorating its taste test victory, and State Senator Mike Parson is drafting a Senate Resolution. Hopkins and his wife, Carma, visited both state legislators following the event.
Hopkins or another city representative will fly to Washington, D.C. next February with a water sample from one of the town’s wells. The community will represent Missouri in the National Rural Water Association’s Great American Water Taste Test.
The MRWA, a non-profit organization serving water and wastewater utilities, believes that Missouri has superior water quality. Each year, the Association sends the state winner’s water sample to the nation’s capitol in hopes of capturing 1st place honors. Perhaps Humansville’s water will achieve this goal. If so, it will boast the best tasting water in the country.
MRWA sponsors its yearly water taste test as a way of spotlighting the great quality of water that we Missourians enjoy. The event also highlights the tireless work of water specialists who ensure that this vital resource continues to flow from the tap.
Missouri Rural Water Association appreciates the efforts of these water specialists; their long hours; frequent interruptions from sleep or family time; and the undesirable conditions under which they serve, whether fixing water main breaks during a deep freeze or responding to low pressure issues during summer when demand for water is at its peak.