Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said Monday that Salisbury’s tap water has won “Best Tasting Water in Maryland” honors in the Maryland Rural Water Association’s “Toasting the Tap” competition for the second year in a row.
The back-to-back victory is not unprecedented. This win marks the second time Salisbury’s tap water has taken the trophy in consecutive years, having previously done so in 2008 and 2009.
The “Toasting the Tap” competition is part of the Maryland Rural Water Association’s Annual Conference.
Judges evaluate samples from around the state, grading each on taste, appearance, and odor. Salisbury’s winning sample was once again collected from the Paleo Water Treatment Plant on Scenic Drive.
The city’s water treatment process includes aeration, pre-chlorination, filtration, iron removal, disinfection, corrosion control, and fluoride addition. Last year, Salisbury’s 11 wells produced 2.2 Billion gallons of drinkable, delicious water.
By winning at the state level, Salisbury qualifies to participate in the Great American Water Taste Test, to be held in Washington, D.C., in February.
News of the victory came just as the Mayor was set to announce that the week of May 8-14 has been declared Drinking Water Week in Salisbury.
“What better way to kick off a week dedicated to heightening awareness of the processes which bring the water from the Coastal Plain aquifer into our homes every day? It’s tremendous,” said Day.
“I encourage residents to read our water quality reports, available on the City’s website,, and to check out some of the great resources available online, such as DrinkTap.org. At a time when trust in our water is essential, it is an honor to deliver the award-winning best water in Maryland, year after year.”