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Silverthorne water tops quality charts

Paige Blankenbuehler
summit daily news

Mountain water has a reputation for its freshness and Silverthorne water proved this to be true when they placed first among 16 cities in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico in the Best Tasting Water competition Tuesday.

Silverthorne’s water comes from six different wells called the Blue River Alluvium, which sits at a lower elevated valley near Silverthorne, according to Kevin Batchelder, Silverthorne town manager.

“We’re at the top of the food chain for clean, safe water,” Batchelder said. “We’re very lucky to have natural filtration and pristine, snow melt water.”

Tasting water like wine, Jerry Bell, a DJ for popular radio station 850 KOA, served as a judge in the annual statewide water competition sponsored by the American Water Works Association held at Copper Mountain. Judges were looking for taste and clarity.

Ranking behind Silverthorne, in its first-ever entry into the competition, Basalt took second place with Aurora Water coming in third.

Denver will host the national competition next June and will get its own entry into the competition, along with the state winner, Silverthorne.

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As the winner, Silverthorne will represent Colorado in a national water-tasting contest later this year.

Batchelder presented the award, a glass water pitcher, during the town’s council meeting Wednesday while council members applauded the public works and utilities department.

“This recognition shows that our public works department is doing an exceptional job in treating the water ensuring that it reaches the homes of our residents in good quality,” Batchelder said.

This isn’t the first time that the town has been recognized for its high-quality water. Two years ago, Silverthorne water came in second place in the water-tasting competition.

“The guys in the utility department deserve all of the credit,” Batchelder said. “We start off with the highest quality of mountain spring water and they make sure it remains that way.”