The 2019 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for the City of Dickinson released Tuesday found that water purchased from the Southwest Water Authority complied with all environmental and health risk regulations for 2019.

According to the report, the Southwest Water Authority assumed management, operation and maintenance of the Dickinson Water Treatment Plant for supply to residents in the city and as of April 2000 receives its water from Lake Sakakawea, a surface water source.

The North Dakota Department of Health completed an assessment of the water and determined that the water system was “moderately susceptible” to potential contaminant sources. In the NDDOH report they noted that “historically, SWA has effectively treated this source water to meet drinking water standards” and that drinking water “may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.” The report notes that the presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk and were at levels that met all federal and state mandates.

The City of Dickinson was selected by the Environmental Protection Agency to sample for 23 unregulated contaminants during 2019, and were the subject of six individual entry point samples within the system.

According to the findings, Alkalinity was detected at the highest level of the detection range and came from natural erosion, plant activities and certain industrial waste as potential sources. The total organic carbon for both source and finished water also registered at the highest levels of the detection range and came from naturally present sources in the environment.

Dickinson’s water received high praises at the state and national level this year, being named the fifth best water in the nation and second best in the state at competition.

The Southwest Water Authority (SWA) placed second in the state at the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association’s water taste contest in Fargo on Feb 20, 2020, where judges rated the waters on each attribute including appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and aftertaste.

“Water is essential to the well-being of the residents we serve and to our economy. They are the reasons the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP) and SWA exist,” Larry Bares, SWA board of directors chairperson, said.

Judges of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest recently declared SWA the fifth best-tasting tap water in the United States at their 30th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Contest in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.

“Today we enjoy some of the best-tasting, highest-quality drinking water in the world due to the foresight of our predecessors who invested time, energy and funding into the extensive water infrastructure, known as the SWPP,” said Mary Massad, CEO/Manager of SWA.

Dubbed by BuzzFeed and The Week as “the world’s most prestigious water tasting” the competition pitted municipal waters head-to-head to determine winners.

Since 1986, the Southwest Pipeline Project has been constructing an efficient network of pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs and treatment facilities to bring quality water to the region.

The SWA currently serves more than 30 communities, 7,257 rural service locations, contract customers, raw-water customers, two rural water systems, three crew camps and two raw water depots.

SWA is governed by a 15-member board of directors representing the following counties: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Slope and Stark, the cities of Dickinson and Mandan.

A full version of the Drinking Water Quality Report can be found at dickinsongov.com.