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[Guest judge Matt Anderson examines water clarity during the annual Kane County Water Association water taste contest. In the foreground is Jerry Adrian.]
BATAVIA – The shape of water in Kane County is the focus of a friendly contest that picks a winner each year among municipalities.
The Kane County Water Association brought in four guest judges for a blind test that weighed taste, odor, clarity and color. The contest took place Dec. 21 at the group's holiday luncheon at the Lincoln Inn in Batavia, where the city of Aurora took top honors for the second year in a row, going up against Sugar Grove, St. Charles, North Aurora, Geneva, Batavia, Elgin and Montgomery.
Eight beakers were identified only by letter as the judges eyed, sniffed and swirled the entries, cleansing their palates with saltines between samples.
It's a relaxed, fun event, said outgoing President Dave Martin of Maple Park, from the North Aurora water department. The award is a traveling plaque that lists all the winners since the contest started in 1997.