BANGOR (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- The annual water taste testing competition is hosted by the Maine Rural Water Association. Each year the group takes water from places all over the state and carefully test and scores each glass.

The competition is divided into main categories, water WITH a disinfectant and water WITHOUT a disinfectant. And the winner of each category faces off against each other.

This year winner was from the Aroostook County Action Program Child and Family Center in Caribou

"There is certainly exciting to be to be chosen over all those samples and just put you on a new high," says Russell Plourde, the winner of the competition. "The excitement of going forward representing the state. It's just crazy."

Russell Plourde will represent the State of Maine in the National Taste Test in Washington DC in February 2019.

The three judges were:

Michael Abbott, Director, Maine Drinking Water Program

Robert Nadeau, USDA Rural Development

Scott Luciano, Captain, Orono Fire Department

There were 22 samples in the disinfected category and 10 samples in the non-disinfected category. In the non-disinfected category, Point Sebago of Casco was judged to have the best water.