BATAVIA – Once again, Aurora has taken the crown when it comes to its drinking water.
A panel of three judges decided that Aurora had the best drinking water based on taste, odor and clarity during the Kane County Water Association’s annual water-tasting contest Thursday at Lincoln Inn Banquets in Batavia.
This is the fifth time Aurora has won the contest, the most of any community in Kane County. Montgomery won last year. The award has been presented since 1997.
Those in charge of the city’s water production did not take the honor lightly. Aurora’s drinking water is a blend of well water and Fox River water.
“We have a well-run plan and an excellent staff,” said Bob Leible, assistant superintendent of water production for Aurora. “You certainly don’t want your customers to be disappointed with the water that comes out of the tap.”
Before Thursday’s win, the last time Aurora had taken the award was in 2008. Aurora now will compete in the state competition next year.
“It is a little bit of bragging rights between the communities,” Leible said. Aurora, along with Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, North Aurora, Sugar Grove, Montgomery, Yorkville and Elgin, participated in this year’s contest.
On the panel of judges was Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez. The samples from each community were submitted in unmarked beakers so judges did not know whose water they were drinking. Perez said he found the task difficult as he sniffed and carefully eyed the beakers of water.
“It was difficult to choose,” he said. “The majority of them were very good. Some were so close, I had to give them the same score.”