The City of Charlottetown Water & Sewer Utility won “Best of the Best” in the Tap Water Taste Test Regional Competition for outstanding drinking water at the recent Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA) Annual Conference.

“I have to give credit to our incredible staff at the Charlottetown Water & Sewer Utility for their dedication in providing residents the best tasting water in Atlantic Canada,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to showcase our world-class product and compete for the best-tasting water in North America in California next summer”.

Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test Regional Competition

From left to right – Michael Trainor, Mike Pigott, Eric Fortune, Richard MacEwen, Joshua McInnis.

Each year, attendees at the ACWWA Conference are invited to bring samples of their hometown water for the “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test. Samples are judged on appearance, odour, taste, and overall impression. Charlottetown won first place in this year’s regional competition and will have the opportunity to compete in the “Best of the Best” Tasting in North America at the American Water Works Association Conference in Anaheim, California in June 2024.

Silent Hero Award

Jason McCabe

Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant (CPCP) employee Jason McCabe was presented with the Silent Hero Award at the ACWWA Conference. This award is presented annually and recognizes the outstanding contributions of water and wastewater operators in Atlantic Canada. McCabe has worked at the CPCP since 2006 and has consistently proven himself to be a dedicated and dependable technician who is always up for the task at hand and quietly takes care of challenges as they arrive.

“Many residents never see the level of expertise that goes into ensuring the proper functioning of our critical water and wastewater systems,” said Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the Water & Sewer Utility Committee. “Most of this work happens behind the scenes and I want to thank and congratulate Jason on a job very well done on behalf of all Charlottetown residents.”

The ACWWA Annual Conference was held in Charlottetown Oct. 15-17, 2023, and saw more than 460 water and wastewater professionals meet to learn and share best practices in the industry.


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