Niagara Region’s team of highly trained and dedicated Water-Wastewater operations, maintenance and technical staff pride themselves on producing high quality drinking water for the community. Staff decided to put the quality of Niagara water to the test.
Niagara Region entered the Taste Test competition at the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) Conference, with a sample from the Niagara Falls Water Treatment Plant in hopes of bringing home gold. Conference delegates selected Niagara Region’s sample as best tasting tap water!
The OWWA conference took place in early May in Niagara Falls. The Taste Test competition allowed the more than 1,000 attendees from across Ontario to sample drinking water from varying utilities across Ontario who entered the competition and cast their vote.
Niagara Region will now be competing at the American Water Works Association Best of the Best Taste Test in San Antonio, Texas at the ACE Conference in mid-June.
Niagara Region provides high quality, safe and reliable drinking water, and maintains efficient and effective wastewater treatment systems in Niagara. The Water-Wastewater division provides safe drinking water and treats wastewater for 11 municipalities across Niagara. The division operates and maintains:
- Six water treatment plants and 21 remote water storage facilities
- Seven dedicated chlorine facilities and water pumping stations
- 312 kilometres of trunk water mains
- 11 wastewater treatment plants and one biosolids facility
- 113 pumping stations
- Five odour control stations
- One high rate treatment facility
- 161 kilometres of forcemain
- 145 kilometres of gravity sewers
Municipal tap water is also cost-efficient compared to other types of water, which people consume. Based on average use and consumption, a resident in Niagara could purchase the equivalent of more than 400 cases of water, for the same price of a case of bottled water.
“Congratulations to the Water and Wastewater team at Niagara Region, and those at the Niagara Falls Water Treatment Plant for being selected as Best Tasting Tap Water. It validates the tremendous work being done by Public Works staff at Niagara Region.” – Bruce Zvaniga, Commissioner, Public Works (Interim)