The Taylorsville Kearns journal included a water-related article written by Kaitlin Spas.–again/

The Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District was awarded “Best Ground Water” for the third time in a row in a blind taste test during the annual conference of the American Water Works Association Intermountain Section. Taylorsville water has again proven to taste great. This great flavor can certainly be attributed to the fact that their water is filtered through granite and not highly chlorinated. Most water in Utah and the rest of the Intermountain West tastes good, but of course is laden with high amounts of inorganic minerals, especially calcium carbonate. The inorganic calcium is what makes water in the mountain states hard. In fact, most water in these areas is described as “extremely hard” because of it high mineral content.

Hard water generally has no significantly negative health-effects from humans and animals, but it has a major negative impact on homes and businesses. Hard water leaves a permanent signature on everything it touches…it causes water heaters to fail faster, energy to be wastes, clothes to be less clean, and many other issues that cost money, time and convenience.

While hard water can taste good, it really isn’t very good for anything else. Consult with your local Certified Water Specialist to make sure that your water is working for you and you enjoy the water quality that you deserve.


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Kaitlin Spas’ article reproduced below for your convenience:


We might not often think about the journey our water takes as it travels from its point of origin high in the Wasatch Mountains, through miles of underground aquifers, to wells 400 to 1,200 feet below the city of Taylorsville. However, it is this journey that produces the high quality ground water that Taylorsville residents enjoy and the unique blend of minerals that give it its refreshing flavor.

Once again this year, the Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District was awarded “Best Ground Water” by a panel of water professionals in a blind taste test during the annual conference of the American Water Works Association Intermountain Section. This was the District’s third consecutive year to win the award, each time from a different water source. Ironically, the 2011 award went to the District’s oldest well, which was built in 1967, while this year’s award went to the newest well built just last year.

According to their website, the AWWA establishes voluntary standards that guide water distribution systems and treatment facilities worldwide to provide high quality products and services. The annual conference held by the Intermountain Section is not only an opportunity for peer recognition, but also where water professionals discuss the latest technology advancements and requirements, said District General Manager Kevin Fenn.

The District supplies drinking water to approximately 70,000 people residing in Taylorsville, as well as parts of West Valley City and Kearns, making it one of the largest water systems in the state of Utah. Every day, the system delivers between five and 30 million gallons of water through a 220-mile network of pipes.

Fenn says that as the system has grown the District has been able to improve the water quality. These improvements include two new wells that produce even higher quality ground water. When blended with the water from the District’s other sources, the water from these wells increases the quality of the entire system.

Fenn believes the AWWA award is recognition that the District team is doing its job well.

“We start with high quality ground water and with commitment of devoted staff we deliver it all the way to the end of the pipe,” he said.