Saint John’s Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project has earned the title of 2018 Project of the Year from the Atlantic Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (ACWWA).

The award recognizes outstanding engineering or environmental projects in Atlantic Canada that demonstrate innovation and state-of-the-art technology in water or wastewater projects. It was presented to Saint John Water and its consultant, CBCL Limited, at the annual ACWWA conference held this week in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

“It’s another proud day for our project team and for Saint John,” said Mayor Don Darling. “This is a historic project with state-of-the-art infrastructure that will meet our drinking water needs for years to come.”

The $216.8-million Safe, Clean Drinking Water Project is the largest municipal project in the history of the province.

Results from the “Best of the Best Water Test” competition have ranked Saint John’s Harbourview well water in second place, with fifth place going to water from the South Bay Well Field, which services west side customers.

Each year, Atlantic Canadian municipalities are invited to submit a water sample for the competition held during the ACWWA annual conference. The water is judged on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste, and overall impression. Judges include executive chefs and professional brewers from across the region.

This year, there were 13 water entries from across Atlantic Canada in the competition.

“It is very gratifying to know that the quality of water we are delivering to Saint John Water customers is some of the best in Atlantic Canada,” said Brent McGovern, Commissioner of Saint John Water.

This is the second year in a row that water from the South Bay Wellfield has placed in the Top 5. It is also the first time Saint John Water has entered water from the Harbourview Wellfield into the competition.


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