NWMOA Best Tasting Membrane Water Competition


Click image above to view:
Best Tasting Membrane
Water Submission
Instructions and Application (PDF)

See below for online application form

The contest will be held during the AMTA/NWMOA Joint Technology Transfer Workshop held at the Hotel RL Spokane at the Park in Spokane, WA.

Who can participate:
Any utility in the NWMOA region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) that uses membrane treatment in the production of its drinking water is invited to submit a sample for judging. Facilities that do not use membranes in some stage of drinking water production are not eligible to enter.

How to enter:
Please submit the attached completed entry form to NWMOA by Friday, June 29, 2018 to sign up to participate in the contest. You can either drop off your sample on the day of the contest, or have your sample shipped to the hotel ahead of time. If you plan to drop off your sample, please submit your entry to the NWMOA Staff at conference registration no later than 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (no exceptions). If you wish to ship your sample, please contact NWMOA staff for instructions at coordinator@nwmoa.com or 208-577-6519.

Instructions for sample:
Please follow the instructions below when preparing your water sample:

  • Collect sample from water system no more than 48 hours prior to the competition on 7/16/18
  • Place sample in a sealed 1 quart glass container
  • Store and maintain sample at a temperature between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Do not chill the water sample or the sample will be disqualified
  • Do not label the sample with your utility name or any other identifying marks

Only samples submitted in the correct sealed 1 quart glass container will be considered – no exceptions. NWMOA staff will track samples as they are turned in and assign anonymous labels to each sample. The public water system must comply with all Maximum Contaminant Levels and Treatment Technique requirements, and must not have any potable water quality violations from a regulatory agency in 2017 or 2018, or be under regulatory consent decree or order for its potable water quality.

For each entry, individual samples will be prepared. Each judge will be given one sample of each entry. The judges will evaluate the sample on the following scale:

  • Taste 1-5 (1 being poor and 5 being best)
  • Odor 1-5 (1 being poor and 5 being best)
  • Color 1-5 (1 being poor and 5 being best)
  • Clarity 1-5 (1 being poor and 5 being best)
  • Mouthfeel 1-5 (1 being poor and 5 being best)
  • Aftertaste 1-5 (1 being poor and 5 being best)
  • Following Submission Instructions (1 being poor and 5 being best)

The sample with the highest cumulative score will be given the title of “2018 Best Tasting Membrane Water”. The runner up will also be recognized.

Questions? Contact NWMOA at 208-577-6519 or email coordinator@nwmoa.com.

NWMOA Best Tasting Membrane Water - Application

Please fill out the online application below and submit by Friday, June 29, 2018.  Your water sample must be submitted to NWMOA Staff at Registration by Wednesday, July 18, 2018, by 8:00 a.m. – NO EXCEPTIONS. Ship to arrive by same deadline.
  • Utility Description

  • Please provide one paragraph - 150 words
  • Please provide one paragraph - 150 words
  • Your Contact Information

    Authorization for receiving publication email notification from NWMOA.
    (applies to all email addresses on this form)