Eight Time Medal Winner
The Best Tasting Municipal Water in the World!

Each February, samples are carefully drawn and sent to the International Water Tasting Competition in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. There the water stands up to international competitors on attributes of appearance, odor, flavor, mouthfeel, aftertaste, and overall impression.

MSWD is the only water agency in the world to have won all three medals - gold, silver and bronze. MSWD won the Gold Medal in 2004 and 1999, the Silver Medal in 2011, 2008, 2001 and 1997, and the Bronze Medal in 2018 and 2003.

Further, MSWD was honored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in 2010 for having won more medals than any other municipal water purveyor in the world. Out of the 14 years MSWD has competed, it has medaled an unprecedented eight times.

Get more information about the Berkeley Springs Water Tasting Competition.
So how do we get our water to Berkeley Springs anyway?

  1. First, we buy two gallons of bottled water at the grocery store and pull off the labels. Contest rules specify a particular type of bottle.

    Since many plastic bottles can leave an undesired taste residue in the water, just before we draw the sample, the bottle is emptied and then vigorously rinsed with our own water three times. We then carefully fill the bottles from our “lucky” well (we’ve used the same well every time we've won), being careful not to touch the rim of the water bottle to anything.
  2. The water must undergo various tests, including testing for the PH and chlorine balance levels.
  3. Lastly, we clearly label our entry, pack it snugly and ship the water overnight to Berkeley Springs. We draw the water sample as close to the date of the competition as possible in order to preserve its natural, delicious taste.
We are proud of our award-winning water and are guided by our mission to provide, protect and preserve our most valuable resource - water!
Two-gallon containers from grocery store
Two-gallon containers from grocery store
Two-gallon containers from grocery store
Rinse container vigorously three times
Two-gallon containers from grocery store
Filling up from our "lucky" well
Two-gallon containers from grocery store
Testing for PH
Two-gallon containers from grocery store
Testing for Chlorine

Entries clearly labled and shipped off to Berkeley Springs Water Competition
Additional Awards

Award Year
Big Hearts Award for Large Business 2017
CORBS Plant of the Year 2017
United Way Silver Award “for outstanding service to the people of our community” 2016
Collection System of the year <249 miles 2015
Plant of the year award <5.0 MGD 2014
County of Riverside – Large Business of the Year Star Award 2013
Plant of the year award <5.0 MGD 2013
California Legislature Assembly Large Business of the Year Award 2013
Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year 2013
United Way Silver Award “for outstanding service to the people of our community” 2013
Plant of the year award <5.0 MGD 2011
Collection System of the year <249 miles 2011
United Way Gold Award “for outstanding service to the people of our community” 2010
Plant of the year award <5.0 MGD 2010
Plant of the year award <5.0 MGD 2009
California Water Environment Association – Colorado River Basin Section - Outstanding Agency Support Award 2008
Plant of the year award <5.0 MGD 2008
Collection System of the year <249 miles 2008
Palm Springs Unified School District – Presented Shiny Apple Award to Groundwater Guardians – “For helping Palm Springs Unified School District Shine!” 2008
Palm Springs Unified School District – Presented Shiny Apple Award to MSWD – “For helping Palm Springs Unified School District Shine!” 2007
Plant Operator of the Year - Chris Jacobson, Grade II Operator 2007
Collection Person of the year – Lee Boyer 2006
Operator of the year - Lee Boyer 2004
Operator of the year - Lee Boyer 2001
Here's What We've Won So Far

Award Year
Bronze Medal 2018
Silver Medal 2011
Silver Medal 2008
Gold Medal 2004
Bronze Medal 2003
Silver Medal 2001
Gold Medal 1999
Silver Medal 1997
Mission Springs Water District has also been recognized with Employer Appreciation Awards by

Award Year
CWEA – CORBS
Tri-State Seminar 2009