Only ONE community can say it has the BEST drinking water – but is it YOUR community? Enter the Great Northern Drinking Water Competition to see if your drinking water is the best!

Here’s how:

1. Bring 1 litre of drinking water to the conference from your water treatment plant, water truck or tap in a glass jar. The water can pick up a taste from the container so be sure the container is glass.

2. Give your water to the conference coordinator before 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28th.

3. Remember only water that is considered safe to drink is eligible. If your community has had a boil water advisory in the last year your water will be disqualified. Also, communities that do not meet the current requirements of the NWT and Nunavut Public Water Supply Regulations will be disqualified.

4. Your water will be judged on the basis of taste, smell and clarity.

Good Luck to all communities!


2023 Congratulations to Łutsël K’é for winning this years drinking water competition.

The award was received on behalf of Łutsël K’é by Sheldon Yamkovy.

2019 Congratulations Hamlet of Pangnirtung!

Two proud workers for the Hamlet of Pangnirtung, NU
pose with the 2019 Drinking Water Trophy won by the
hamlet this year.  On the  right: Daniel Mike, water plant
operator for the hamlet, left: Billy Qaqasiq, sewage plant

2018 – Congratulations Hamlet of Ulukhaktok!

2017 – Congratulations Clyde River!

In 2017, several 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 was determined to be Clyde River. Ningiutchiak Tigullaraq of Clyde River joyfully accepted 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 Tsiigehtchic all entered samples. The Municipality of Cape Dorset was the winner and took home the coveted trophy with Steven Faichney and David Saila accepting the award from Board member Justin Hazenberg!

View Past Great Northern Drinking Water Trophy Winners!