FPUA Wins Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest! Fort Pierce Utilities Authority On March 28, 2019, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority received the Runner-Up Award for the 2019 Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest. This is an annual contest sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). FPUA is in Region VIII, consisting of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. The water is judged by a blind test, evaluated for taste, odor, color and clarity. Congratulations on this great achievement!