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Cade water wins ‘Best in Louisiana’ accolade for 2017

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Karl D. Jeter

St. Martin Parish is on a winning streak when it comes to water quality.
Last year, the Breaux Bridge Water System was chosen as the best in the state by the Louisiana Rural Water Association (LRWA). Now St. Martin Parish Water Works, Dist. 3, which serves the Cade area south of St. Martinville, has taken the award for 2017 at the LRWA annual conference in Lake Charles.
Each year, samples submitted for judging are tasted and examined by a three-judge panel. Criteria include taste, smell and clarity.
The award comes as no surprise to system Secretary/Treasurer Kechia Lee, who attended the Lake Charles conference. “Everyone tells us our water is the best in the area,” she said. This is the third year the Cade system has entered their water in the contest, and their first win. “Companies have even come to us wanting to bottle and sell our water,” Lee added.
One of the judges making the ruling was Claude Swope, who said Cade’s water has “no aroma, a smooth taste and crystal clarity.”
Cade will submit a sample for judging against other state winners at the national convention later in the year.

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