Santa Ana Wins The Gold


No, it wasn’t at the winter Olympics. But to the City of Santa Ana, winning the distinction of producing the nation’s best and highest quality tap water was exciting news! The City received the gold award in the “Best Municipal Water” category at the 2014 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Festival in March. The medal adds to Santa Ana’s previous awards, surpassing its bronze and silver medals from 2011 and 2012.

Earning this recognition year after year validates the stringent standards Santa Ana sets for its tap water, which are above and beyond the drinking water health standards required by both state and federal agencies. Details about these standards are outlined in the charts of this Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report, produced by Santa Ana’s Water Resources Division.

It is the division’s team of dedicated and certified specialists who are responsible for upholding these standards, ensuring water is not only high in quality but also from a reliable and plentiful source.

The Academy Awards of Water

Touted as the “Academy Awards of Water,” the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Festival is the largest and longest running water tasting in the world dedicated to preserving and protecting drinking water. It is a serious and accredited competition where waters were tasted in four separate flights over a period of two days. Similar to a wine tasting, judges rate the water for each attribute, including appearance (should be clear), aroma (should be none), taste (should taste clean), mouth feel (should feel light), and aftertaste (should leave people thirsty for more).

The Winners: Best Municipal Water 2014

  • Best in the World: Clearbrook, BC, Canada
  • Best in the USA: Santa Ana, CA
  • Silver: Hamilton, OH
  • Bronze: Greenwood, BC, Canada
  • 4th (tie): Dickinson, ND & Montpelier, OH

The Numbers

  • 10 Judges
  • 100 Water Sources
  • 12 Countries
  • 18 U.S. States
  • 3 Canadian Provinces