Awards

Photo of MSWD employee in front of Mission Springs Water District building holding an award.

10 Time Medal Winner, Including 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 in 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 2020, 2004, and 1999, the Silver Medal in 2011, 2008, 2001, and 1997, and the Bronze Medal in 2022, 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. Since MSWD started competing in 1997, it has medaled an unprecedented 10 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 empty gallon bottles. 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 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!

 

Here's What We've Won So Far:

Award Year
Bronze Medal 2022
Gold Medal 2020
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 these additional awards:

Award Year
CORBS CWEA Collection System Person of the Year - Joseph McElrone  2023
CORBS CWEA Community Engagement and Outreach Campaign of the Year <5.0 MGD 2023
CORBS CWEA Small Plant of the Year - Alan L. Horton Wastewater Treatment Facility  <5.0 MGD 2023
DHS Parade of Lights - Best Decoration 2023
GCVCC State of the City Volunteer Award - Marion Champion 2023
Miracle Award from Team Mom Charities  2023
Big Heart Awards Person of the Year - Mike Platt 2022
CWEA State Community Engagement and Outreach Campaign of the Year <5.0 MGD 2022
CORBS CWEA Community Engagement and Outreach Campaign of the Year <5.0 MGD 2022
CORBS CWEA Small Plant of the Year - Alan L. Horton Wastewater Treatment Facility  <5.0 MGD 2022
CORBS CWEA Plant Supervisor of the Year - Lee Boyer <5.0 MGD 2022
CORBS CWEA Laboratory Person of the Year - Andy Grunnet  2021
CORBS CWEA Operator of the Year - Andy Grunnet 2021
DHS Parade of Lights - Best Overall  2021
ACWA/JPIA Awards in the Liability and Worker’s Compensation Categories 2021
Big Heart Awards Person of the Year - Dori Petee 2021
CORBS CWEA Collection System of the Year <249 miles 2020
CORBS CWEA Collection Person of the Year - David Weaver 2020
Big Heart Awards Person of the Year - Mark Vermeer 2020
Big Heart Awards Person of the Year - Chris Jacobson 2019
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2018
Big Heart Awards Person of the Year - Carol Morin 2018
Big Heart Awards for Large Business 2017
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD   2017
CORBS CWEA Operator of the Year - Chris Jacobson 2016
United Way Silver Award “for outstanding service to the people of our community” 2016
CORBS CWEA Collection System of the Year <249 miles 2015
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2014
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2013
County of Riverside - Large Business of the Year Star Award 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
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2011
CORBS CWEA Collection System of the Year <249 miles 2011
United Way Gold Award “for outstanding service to the people of our community” 2010
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2010
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2009
CORBS CWEA Past President - Lee Boyer 2009
Tri-State Seminar - Employer Appreciation 2009
CORBS CWEA - Outstanding Agency Support Award 2008
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2008
CORBS CWEA 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
CORBS CWEA Plant Operator of the Year - Chris Jacobson 2007
Palm Springs Unified School District – Presented Shiny Apple Award to MSWD – “For helping Palm Springs Unified School District Shine!” 2007
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2006
CORBS CWEA Collection System of the Year <249 miles 2006
CORBS CWEA Operator of the Year - Lee Boyer 2006
CORBS CWEA Collection Person of the Year - Lee Boyer 2006
CORBS CWEA Past President - Lee Boyer 2006
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 2004
CORBS CWEA Operator of the Year - Lee Boyer 2001
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 1996
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 1992
CORBS CWEA Collection System of the Year <249 miles 1992
CWEA Plant Safety 1992
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 1991
CORBS CWEA Plant of the Year <5.0 MGD 1989