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CHEMICAL SPILL-WATER TASTING
Quest for world's best water in W.Va. follows bad experience of chemical spill in river
Reported by: Associated Press
Friday, February 21, 2014 12:13 PM EST
Licorice-smelling water from a chemical fouled the air and tainted the faucets for 300,000 West Virginians last month. Now comes a competition that celebrates water for its lack of taste and odor.
No, there's no entry from Charleston, where a Jan. 9 chemical spill tainted the tap water supply in nine counties. But a panel discussion is planned Friday to bring attention to protecting municipal water supplies.
This year's competition includes more than 125 entries. Veteran judge and journalist Mark Kraham says one key to sampling all the entries is to take small sips to save trips to the bathroom.