WASHINGTON D.C. — Cheshire was shut out at the Great American Water Taste Test.

The reigning state champion as having the best municipal water in Massachusetts didn't make the finals of the two-day competition sponsored by the National Rural Water Association, according to the NRWA website.

The event wrapped up Wednesday with a panel of judges declaring the Arcadia Water Utility in Arcadia, Wis., the gold-medal winner, with the state winners from North Dakota and Louisiana taking home the silver and bronze, respectively.

In all, five finalists were selected on Tuesday from a field of nearly 50 samples from public water supplies around the country. The water judged for clarity, taste and smell.

Courtesy of the contest sponsor, Cheshire Water Department Superintendent Travis Delratez took an all-expenses-paid trip to represent the town in the nation's capital.