Ditch the bottle in Bock, go straight to the tap

Kountry Kettle bartender Megan Bekius offers at least one award-winning beverage straight from the tap — water. Bock’s city water was named Best Tasting Water in Minnesota during the Minnesota Rural Water Association’s March conference in St. Cloud.

Kountry Kettle bartender Megan Bekius offers at least one award-winning beverage straight from the tap — water. Bock’s city water was named Best Tasting Water in Minnesota during the Minnesota Rural Water Association’s March conference in St. Cloud.

There’s something in the water in Bock.

Or perhaps, as the case may be, the city’s water earned top marks from officials at the Minnesota Rural Water Association’s Annual MRWA Water and Wastewater Technical Conference this past March for precisely what isn’t in it.

The judges, who included representatives of the Minnesota Department of Health, the National Rural Water Association and Ulteig Engineers, said Bock’s tap water “tasted clean, pure and refreshing.” Small and rural water utilities from around Minnesota submitted samples of their water, straight from the tap, and Bock beat out runners up Gilbert, Waubun and Rock County as well as dozens of other contestants for the statewide win.

Locals aren’t letting the accolades go to their heads, however. The award winning water is no secret among Bock’s residents and visitors, but the crisp, clean tasting H20 is something they’ve come to expect.

“It’s not the first time we’ve been named [best city water],” said Kountry Kettle owner Laura Bekius.

As a business owner, that’s just one less thing to concern herself with when ordering inventory and supplies for the restaurant.

“We don’t have to sell bottled water because the water is great out of the tap,” she said.

For the full story, see the Thursday, May 30 print edition of the Times.

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