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4/29/2008 - Clarksville City

So, Just Where Is The Best Drinking Water In Texas?

Clarksville City is right outside Gladewater - and in March, they won the award for the best drinking water in the state of Texas. Next month this proud bunch will head to Georgia to vie for the title of best drinking water in the nation.  

"It's really good. I tell you the truth," said George Davis, a 13 year resident of Clarksville City.

But it wasn't always that way. Since the 60s, they purchased their water from Gladewater. But in recent years the city wanted their own water source.

"It's in the Wilcox Crisol Aquifer. It's approximately 800 feet deep," said Billy Silvertooth Jr, the City Manager who explained the city began to lift the water from two wells.

"Anytime that you draw water from its natural sources, you have to do a treatment process. Our process is a reverse osmosis system."

The water is pressurized through filters which removes the impurities.

"We are pleased to say it is quality drinking water and we've got a lot of people to thank for that," said Silvertooth Jr. 

"Its good clear water and it doesn't have a bad taste to it. They said we have the best in the whole state," said Keith Davis, 28 year Clarksville City Resident.

"It's a lot better than surrounding water. I know it's better than Gladewater water and we lived in White Oak for while. Its better than that," said Rebecca Vaughn, Clarksville City resident.

So good, it even brings in those from neighboring communities every day.

"I make coffee here every morning and I have people come by everyday just to drink my coffee. It's just that good," said Clarksville City Business Owner Bud Mahaffey.

Drinking water that just might win bring national acclaim to a small East Texas town.

Once again, that national competition is in early June in Atlanta, Georgia. We will be sure to keep you posted as to how Clarksville City's water stacks up to the competition.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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