Jackson has the best tap water

Donaldsonville water now safe to drink (Courtesy: MGN Online)
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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) -- The City of Jackson received an award on Monday for having the best tasting drinking water.

During an annual meeting last week, the Michigan section of the American Water Works Association awarded Jackson with that title.

Water treatment plants in the region were asked to bring a one-quart glass mason jar full of its tap water to the regional meeting where judges tasted the water and rated it on appearance, smell, and taste.

Jackson beat out three other communities including Ann Arbor and South Lyon in the competition.

“We think it’s fantastic. We’re really honored by this recognition,” said Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Mike Osborn. So what makes Jackson tap water so tasty? Osborn has some theories. “Our drinking water is of high quality because of its source. Jackson taps into a large underground acquirer deep below the surface of the city. Once we get it to the plant, the water then goes through a filtering process that includes water softening. Our staff also closely monitor the water to make sure we’re offering an excellent product to our customers,” Osborn said.

In September, Jackson will compete against tasty water regional winners from 5 other Michigan communities at a statewide conference in Traverse City.