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Second South Cheatham Utility District Wins Regional Water Competition


*Pictured left to right are: Mark Moran of SSCUD, Mayor Bob Rial, Jeff Smithson, Thomas Killion and Justin Hedgepath of SSCUD

The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD) recently announced Second South Cheatham Utility District (SSCUD) the winner of the Region Nine “Best Tasting Water Contest.”

In addition to SSCUD, the other competing utilities from Region Nine that submitted samples were: The Water Authority of Dickson County, McEwen Water System and The Pleasant View Utility District.

Jeff Smithson and Thomas Killion of TDEC, and Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial participated as judges for the contest. The drinking water samples were judged on their clarity, bouquet and taste.

TAUD Region Nine consists of Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties.

TAUD will conduct the Best Tasting Water in Tennessee Contest in each of the 11 regions over the next few months. The winner of each region will be submitted in a statewide competition at TAUD’s Business of Running a Utility Conference at the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Aug. 8. The statewide winner will then compete in Washington, D.C. for the Best Tasting Water in America.

The Tennessee Association of Utility Districts is the oldest rural water association in the nation and serves as the Tennessee chapter of the National Rural Water Association. TAUD serves as a source of training, technical assistance, and advocacy to over 400 water, wastewater, and natural gas utility members within the state. For more information please visit our website at or contact Beth Hardiman at 615-896-9022.

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