Does your community have the best drinking water in the North? NTWWA offers you the opportunity to prove it!

To enter the contest:

  1. Bring one litre of chilled (not frozen) water in a glass jar (or equivalent) from your water treatment plant, water truck or tap to the conference in Yellowknife. Be careful what you bring the water sample in because water will pick up a taste and odor from its container and the rubber on many jar lids (don’t use a coffee a thermos or a pickle jar!).
  2. Remember to label the container with your community’s name!
  3. Water will be judged on the basis of: Taste  (25 points), Smell (25 points) Clarity (Colour) (25 points) and Turbidity (25 points)

 Contest rules:

  1. The contest will take place
  2. Only water from a treatment plant that is considered safe to drink is eligible.
  3. Communities that have had a boil-water advisory in the last year will be disqualified.
  4. Communities that do not meet the current requirements of the NWT and Nunavut Public Water Supply Regulations will be disqualified.

2017 – Congratulations Clyde River!

In 2017       communities entered the Great Northern Drinking Water Contest trophy. The two top-placed contenders, Clyde River and Cape Dorset (which took home the trophy last year), were tied when all the ratings were in. The judges solved the problem by introducing an extra quality that was tested, and the winning community that rose to the top was Clyde River.

Ningiutchiak Tigullaraq of Clyde River joyfully accepts the 2017 trophy from President Olivia Lee.

2016 – Congratulations Cape Dorset!

There were 12 communities competing for the Great Northern Drinking Water Contest trophy, the most there have ever  been!  Arviat, Behchoko, Cape Dorset, Fort Liard, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Gjoa Haven, Hay River, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Paulatuk and Tsiigehtchi all entered samples. The Municipality of Cape Dorset was the winner and took home the coveted trophy with Steven Pootoogook and David Saila accepting the award from Board member Justin Hazenberg!


View Past Great Northern Drinking Water Trophy Winners!