Muskoka, ON – The District of Muskoka’s Public Works Department has won a silver medal in the Municipal Water Category at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition, and this is the first time the District has submitted an entry. Muskoka’s water sample was judged with global submissions including Korea and Australia. Known as “the world’s most prestigious water-tasting competition,” the judges sip water samples and assess the best-tasting water.

James Steele, Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works with the District, has raised a glass of water in celebration and said he is thrilled with the news.

“Our Public Works teams put a great deal of pride and effort into providing clean, safe drinking water every day for the District’s residents, business owners and visitors.  To be recognized in an international competition for having one of the best-tasting waters, makes me especially pleased.  I know our water operators feel the same.”

The District reminds residents a bottle of water averages $2.00 on the store shelf, but for that same amount, Muskoka residents can refill it 400 times with award-winning municipal water, right from their tap.

Entering this competition allows the District to compare the water produced in Muskoka to other municipal water entries. Being honoured with a Silver Medal allows us to showcase the quality of Muskoka’s drinking water and remind the community of the importance that water plays in our everyday lives.

The District plans to enter the AWWA “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test this summer when their Annual Water Conference comes to Toronto.

  • The District operates nine water treatment facilities, serving nearly 13,000 customers in communities across the District’s six area municipalities.
  • Water: It’s what we do.

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