The results of the contest, the seventh annual competition run by the Denver-based American Water Works Association, were announced earlier this summer . Having the hometown advantage apparently wasn't enough to lift Denver over tiny Glencoe, much less move ahead of the ultimate winner; Greenville, South Carolina. And few people bothered to take note of the second-place finishers, which seemed to have little in common but good-tasting water.
And the fact that I've lived in both of these places for significant portions of my life.
Gulping water from the drinking fountain outside of the library where I spent endless hours as a kid, I don't notice much difference between the water of Glencoe and what comes out of the tap in Denver.
But it no longer tastes like home.
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