You don’t have to travel far to drink some of the best-tasting tap water in the world. For Muskoka residents, award-winning water is only a few steps away – and comes right from their tap.
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.
Learn more about the District’s Water and Wastewater Services at www.muskoka.on.ca/WWServices/
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Mac Redden says
Sometimes the water stinks so bad of chlorine you have to let it sit before you drink it.
Or hold your nose.
“Smell chlorine in Muskoka tap water? ‘It’s safe,’ staffer says”
In spite of easy access to unlimited water the District has the highest costs in Ontario including costs shown/hidden on your property tax bill.
Totally out of control.
$2,400 a year for water and sewer is typical.
$1,200 even if you are away and have zero usage.
There is no affordable housing in town with costs like that.
Water was totally off in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst.
People had to melt snow to flush their toilet.
It takes a lot of snow.
The District has blown $621 million!! on water and sewer in Muskoka.
18!! mostly tiny, white elephant, underutilized water and sewer plants believe it or not.
For only 10K connections.
Cost is no object at the District.
Rates are going up again because they are blowing another $65 million!! in Huntsville right now.
Joaquim Murrieta says
Sounds untrue. My tap water in Gravenhurst has so much Chlorine in it that it makes me sick if I drink it for more than a couple of days. I have to filter all my drinking water.
Mac Redden says
Actually Dasani? Evian?
Pretty sure the judges would have noticed the chlorine stink and the rusty colour of District water.
Muddy and yellow are also common here at times of year.
“Check your taps for rusty water this month in Muskoka”
In spite of very poor quality and highest costs in Ontario the District is forcing taxpayers to pay huge amounts of money (10s of thousands of dollars) to hook up to the District’s old, leaky water and sewer systems via Mandatory Connections or face a massive fine.
Julie Stevens suggested $50,000!!
Sewers are out of control as well.
1,130,000 litres of sewage spilled into Muskoka’s pristine rivers and forests in the last few years.
Not counting filling resident’s basements with sewage.
Anyone hooked up is contributing to all the spills.