Do you want to taste the best water in the country? Head on over to Prairie du Sac.

The village of about 4,000 people on the Wisconsin River in Sauk County won the gold medal Wednesday for best-tasting water in the nation during the Great American Water Taste Test.

"It's an exciting time for us," said Patrick Drone, the village director of public works and utilities, when contacted by

"This is the first time we entered the national contest and the first time a Wisconsin community won the national award," Drone said.

Drone couldn't say for sure why Prairie du Sac's water was the best-tasting, but one reason could be the water is treated using ultraviolet light and not the traditional chlorine.

The awards are issued by the National Rural Water Association during the Rural Water Rally in Washington, D.C., according to a news release. Emporia, Kan., won the silver medal, and Pisgah, Iowa, won the bronze medal.

Each state's rural water association hosts a statewide drinking water test, and the winners are eligible for entry in the national competition.

Drone said village officials are heading to Green Bay in March to accept the national award during the state rural water meeting, and the village will also be trying to defends its 2012 title as best-tasting water in the state.

The village is famous for thousands of tourists viewing bald eagles along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Could water be the next big thing?

"There's talk of adding the best-tasting water fact to the village signs," Drone said.

Bill Novak is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Congratulations. Wish Middleton would do something about it's fresh swimming pool taste.

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