Fargo’s drinking water named best tasting in North Dakota for 2nd straight year

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(Fargo, ND) -- For the second year in a row, The City of Fargo’s drinking water has won the title of best tasting in North Dakota.

In a blind taste test, attendees at the 95th annual North Dakota Water & Pollution Control Conference sampled drinking water from municipalities around the state.

They selected Valley City, McVille and Fargo as the top three contenders. 

A panel of judges made the final decision, with Fargo receiving the top prize. 

Fargo, which also won in 2022, has been the only city to earn the award in back-to-back years. 

The City of Fargo previously won back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.

 Water Utility Director Troy Hall said the awards are the result of a team effort by The City of Fargo departments, including Public Works, Engineering, Water Utility, Finance and Administration, among others.

 “I think it’s a real credit to the dedication of our water treatment staff,” said Hall, who helped oversee the construction of Fargo’s improved Water Treatment Plant, which became fully operational in 2019. “It’s also a real credit to the City Commission, both past and present, who have supported making improvements to our water infrastructure.”

Fargo is now eligible to compete in the national best tasting water competition in Anaheim, California, in June 2024.

The Fargo Water Treatment Plant produces an average of about 15 million gallons of drinking water per day, with peak days of more than 30 million gallons per day in the summer. 

Drinking water from the treatment plant serves residents in Fargo, West Fargo and a portion of the Cass Rural Water District. 

Water distributed to Fargo and regional customers is all the same source water and is treated through the same processes.