Madison promoting drinking of tap water with wagon

Madison water system works to promote tap water with 'water wagon' at events

Michelle Obama is in Wisconsin on Thursday to launch a campaign encouraging people to drink water, and public water systems are hoping the effort boosts the public perception of tap water.

The Madison public water system won this year’s award for best tasting water from the Wisconsin Water Association, which represents public utilities.

Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux says the water system has been working to promote tap water in part by bringing a “water wagon” to sporting and community events.

The wagon connects to fountains or spigots, drawing from the public water supply. People can fill reusable bottles or cups.

Barrilleaux says the wagon introduced last year has drawn a positive response from residents who are happy to save the money they might have spent on bottled water.