Canadian town wins best-tasting water in international contest
The 22nd annual Berkley Springs International Water Tasting contest was held in Berkley Springs, West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 and the world's winner comes from the Canadian province of B.C..
The winner in the coveted Municipal Water category, "Best in the World" was Greenwood, British Columbia, near Grand Forks, B.C. which is about seven hours outside Vancouver. Previously known for not much other than being a place where scenes from the film Snow Falling on Cedars
were shot, Greenwood has only 625 citizens. But they all drink great-tasting tap water.
Best Drinking Waters in the World
Here are the winners from some of the other categories
: 'Best non-carbonated bottled water': Jackson Springs Natural Premium Spring Water, Manitoba, Canada; 'Best Purified Drinking Water': Claire Baie, Oak Creek, Wisconsin and the 'Best Carbonated Bottled Water' went to Esperanza, Tesanj, Bosnia. A Golden Award of Excellence was given to Kunlun Mountains Natural Mineral Water of China.
The top five municipal waters in the United States were: St. Henry, Ohio; Santa Ana, California; Independence, Missouri; Oxford, Michigan and Lansing, Michigan.
The event bills itself as the world's largest water tasting competition with entrants from more than 100 municipalities from the U.S.A., Canada and all over the world. "We consider it the Academy Awards of Water," Jill Klein Rone, a producer of the event, said in a press
release.. "Instead of gold statuettes, we present fused-glass slump bowls created by Amingo Glass of nearby Hedgesville."