The Cheshire Water Department will represent the Bay State next week at Washington, D.C.'s Rural Water Rally Great American Taste Test.

The town of Cheshire is vying for a national title of sorts. The Berkshire Eagle reports that this week, the community's drinking water will be pitted against the best small town H2O from the 49 other states in the 18th annual Great American Water Taste Test held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Cheshire is the current state champion under the auspices of the Massachusetts Rural Water Association, an affiliate of the National RWA, sponsors of the two-day contest. In a blind taste test tomorrow, a panel of judges will sample each aqua entry for taste, smell and clarity, narrowing the field to a top five. The jurists sip the finalists on Wednesday to determine the best in the country.

Water Department Superintendent Travis Delratez said Thursday.

"I feel good, and I think we are going to do all right,we have just as good of a chance as anyone else and I have always thought we have great tasting water."

Last September, the town's water won the state competition, which catapulted it to the national stage. Although the department has participated in the state taste competition in the past, last year was its first year winning and this will be the town's debut in DC.

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