BC neighbourhood wins title of best tap water in the world

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A small B.C. neighbourhood has been given the title of best tap water in the world.

Clearbrook in Abbotsford came in first in the municipal water winners in Canada. This is its fourth gold medal in ten years. Clearbrook has also received a silver medal and a bronze medal in the event.

The top prize for best municipal water in the United States went to Eldorado Springs in Colorado.

The awards were handed out at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event on Saturday. Ten judges spend hours tasting and selecting water from 18 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces and five foreign countries.

Water enthusiasts from all over the world gather in West Virginia for the awards show and water is judged in a number of categories.

In Clearbrook, the water from the tap comes from the groundwater that is extracted from the Abbotsford-Sumas aquifer.

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“It was another wonderful year for the longest running and largest water tasting in the world,” said Berkeley Springs’ perennial water master, Arthur von Wiesenberger, in a release. “Berkeley Springs is the Academy Awards of water.”

The waters were rated for attributes such as appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and aftertaste.


Best Municipal Water 2016
1st – Clearbrook, Abbotsford, BC, Canada (Best in the World)
1st in US – Eldorado Springs, CO  (Best in US)
2nd – Marysville, Victoria, Australia
3rd – Independence, MO
4th – Santa Ana, CA
5th – Mission Springs Water District, Desert Hot Springs, CA

Best Bottled Water  2016
1st – Theoni Natural Mineral Water, Karditsa, Greece
2nd – Prairie Crystal Pure Spring Water, Marchand MB, Canada
3rd – Eau De Source 83 ppm, Village Blanchard, NB, Canada
4th – Davia Organic Maple Sap Water, Saint-Quentin, NB, Canada
5th – Antipodes, Whakatane, New Zealand

Best Sparkling – 2016
1st – Tesanjski Kiseljak, Tesanj, Bosnia
2nd. Touch Sparkling Mineral Water, Marchand, MB, Canada
3rd – Celvick Dobri Kiseljak, Tesanj, Bosnia
3-way tie for 4th – Oro Luxury Water, Vizianius, Macedonia
Nakd Luxury Sparkling Water, Putaruru, New Zealand
Deluge Sparkling Natural Spring Water, Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada

Best Purified Drinking Water – 2016
1st – Bar H2O, Richmond, MI
2nd – Divinia, Idaho Falls, ID
3rd – Hamilton On Tap, Hamilton, OH
4th – Mountain Drop, Linthicum, MD bottling famous Berkeley Springs water.
5th – Berkeley Springs Purified Water, Berkeley Springs, WV

Best Packaging — 2016  
1st – Nakd Luxury Artesian Water, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2nd — Antipodes, Whakatane, New Zealand
3rd – Jackson Springs Natural Premium Spring Water, Middlebro, MB, Canada

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