FREEPORT — Maine water utilities are squaring off this week in a competition for which one has the best tasting water.

The Maine Rural Water Association is holding its 27th annual water taste test Thursday in Freeport.

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For the testing, water districts compete in chlorinated and non-chlorinated categories. The winners in each category then compete in a “taste-off” to determine the winner, which represents the state in the national taste test in Washington, D.C., in February.

Fryeburg Water Company was crowned last year’s winner.