While some Anne Arundel residents worry about radium in their private well water, the county Department of Public Works says its public water is pure gold - at least as judged in a regional taste test.
The county's public water was found this month to be the best-tasting by water experts in the Chesapeake Region of the American Water Works Association, the Department of Public Works said yesterday.
The department also said that the public water complied with all federal and state safe drinking water standards.
The department will also be sending its second annual Drinking Water Quality Report to all billed customers within the next few weeks. The department delivers about 11 billion gallons of water to 350,000 county residents annually - drawing most of the supply from wells in Crofton, Glen Burnie, Severna Park and Arnold.
The annual report - a requirement of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act - evaluated results from more than 45,000 water tests done in 1999.
The report will be available on the Internet at www.aadpw.org, the department said.