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Prairie du Sac's drinking water is best tasting in the nation

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PRAIRIE DU SAC (WKOW) -- A Sauk County town gets some national recognition this week: a gold medal for best tasting water.

Prairie du Sac is known for its bald eagles flying along the Wisconsin River during the winter, but now, the small village of just 4,000 people has a new lure.

Prairie du Sac's water was up against every other community in the nation at the Great American Water Taste Test on Wednesday in Washington D.C. and took home the gold medal.

Each state rural water association hosts a state-wide drinking water test and the winners are entered into the national test. The best water is chosen by a panel of judges. Prairie du Sac sent a water sample to D.C. on Monday, after winning best in Wisconsin early last year.

What could be the secret to tasty water is the village doesn't use chlorine to disinfect the groundwater, instead using a unique ultraviolet treatment system. Prairie du Sac is actually one of the first communities in the nation to ever use it.

Prairie du Sac's public works director Pat Drone says his nine-person department is thrilled to be the first in the state to win first place at this competition. Their system pumps to more than 1,700 homes and businesses up to 1,500 gallons per minute.

Drone isn't sure exactly what makes the water taste better, except for its clarity.

"To me, water has no taste, so if you taste something in the water then something's causing the taste," says Drone. "If you taste the water and there's no taste to it, to me, that's good water and that's what we've got here."

Village administrator Alan Wildman says the Prairie du Sac community is constantly growing, but he thinks this new recognition could encourage more people to move to the area.

"I think it's something that could be a draw for people to know that our water is healthy and good, clean," says Wildman. 

The city of Emporia, Kansas won the silver medal and the city of Pisgah, Iowa won the bronze.

The judge-tasters look for qualities like taste, aroma, clarity and bouquet when choosing a winner.

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PRAIRIE DU SAC (WKOW) -- This week, the village of Prairie du Sac won the gold medal for best tasting water in the country.

Prairie du Sac's water was up against every other community in the nation at the Great American Water Taste Test on Wednesday in Washington D.C.

The city of Emporia, Kansas won the silver medal and the city of Pisgah, Iowa won the bronze. Each state rural water association hosts a state-wide drinking water test and the winners are entered into the national test. The best water is chosen by a panel of judges.

Tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6, we'll hear from Prairie du Sac's public works director about what goes into making the village's water so good.

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