December 20, 2014

A gold medal for Wisconsin water

A Wisconsin community is earning national recognition for its tasty water. The city of Prairie du Sac has been awarded a gold medal for best-tasting rural water, as part of a national competition.

The Great American Water Taste Test, run by the National Rural Water Association, compared drinking water supplies from communities across the country. Prairie du Sac defeated several other cities, including second place Emporia, KS and third place Psagh, IA.

USDA rural development state director Stan Gruszynski says the award recognizes a community that has worked hard to provide residents with quality water. He says Prairie du Sac “made the investment, they worked with the federal government, they worked with the rural water association. Not only has it paid off from them in terms of adequate supplies of water, but they have bragging rights about the fact that in a national test, their water tastes the best.”

Gruszynski says the honor highlights the importance of investing in rural water infrastructure. Since 2009, USDA has invested $8 billion in new and improved infrastructure that will benefit 4.5 million households and businesses, along with 12.4 million rural residents.

Gruszynski says Wisconsin has always been proud of its rural water resources, and the residents Prairie du Sac should be proud of the honor.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:05)