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St. Louis Accepts Award for “Best Tasting City Water in America” Competition

September 24, 2007

St. Louis (MO) Mayor Francis G. Slay on August 31 accepts first place trophy and check for $15,000 from John M. Wood, President of Veolia Water North America Central, LLC. Veolia Water North America is the sole Corporate Sponsor of the award program. Slay indicated that the citizens of St. Louis are proud of their drinking water quality and that they are enjoying the distinction of being named “Best Tasting City Water in America.”

Slay recognized Water Commissioner David A. Visintainer, P.E., and Water Production Engineer Donald W. Rea, P.E., for their contribution toward making St. Louis’s water World Class in quality and taste. Commissioner Visintainer has been with the city for over 25 years.

Slay announced that the city would use the $15,000 award prize from Veolia Water North America to help deserving water customers. Following up on a suggestion from Visintainer and Rea, the mayor indicated that, “St. Louis will be utilizing its award from the U. S. Conference of Mayors to aid qualified low-income homeowners with service line repairs. Presently, the city administers a service line insurance program that completes repairs on residential service lines within the public rights-of-way. However, the property owners are still responsible for completing any repairs to the services on private property. The proceeds from this award will be used to fund up to a maximum of $500 in repairs to the service line of a qualified homeowner.”