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Emporia water takes fifth at Berkeley Springs

Emporia didn't claim back-to-back titles in the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest, but it still is among the world's best, according to the judging panel.

Emporia's tap water took fifth place, which still made water plant manager Phil Cooper proud. He tells KVOE News the award is confirmation of the work done to make sure the tap water here is high-quality.

Before the competition began Thursday, other cities were saying Emporia's win last year set the standard for water quality in Kansas. Cooper says this year's finish helps to raise the bar.

Clearbrook, British Columbia, Canada, won first place, followed by Santa Ana, Calif., and Hamilton, Ohio. Dickinson, N.D.; and Montpelier, Ohio, tied for fourth, with Emporia officially listed fifth.

Cooper says surface water plants, such as the one here, are typically at a disadvantage in national or international competitions when compared to well water because of the possible amount of dirt and/or zebra mussels in the water among other factors. Emporia treats for those, using ozone as the main disinfectant along with other chemicals, and also softens and filters the water before sending it to residents.

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