FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Clearbrook Waterworks District – Abbotsford, BC
CLEARBROOK WATERWORKS DISTRICT WINS GOLD MEDAL FOR THE WORLD’S BEST TASTING MUNICIPAL WATER
The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, the world’s most prestigious, gave out awards this weekend to waters from three continents.
Clearbrook Waterworks District in Abbotsford, BC won the gold medal in the category of “Best Municipal Water” in the world. The gold medal is the fourth in ten years for the District. Clearbrook has also received a silver medal and a bronze medal in the event.
“The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges validates the choices,” remarked perennial Water Master, Arthur von Wiesenberger. “It also speaks to the impressively high caliber of the waters entered.”
According to von Wiesenberger, the event in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia is the longest running and largest water-tasting event in the world. At the 26th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event, ten media judges spent hours tasting and selecting from waters sourced in 18 states, seven Canadian provinces and 5 foreign countries.
“There were waters from Macedonia, Greece, France and four from New Zealand” said Jeanne Mozier, an event founder. Water samples are tasted and judged for various categories such as best municipal water, sparkling water, best bottled municipal water and best packaging for bottles and labels.
“It was another wonderful year for the longest running and largest water tasting in the world,” said von Wiesenberger. “Berkeley Springs is the Academy Awards of water.”
The ten media judges selected by Jill Klein Rone, another event founder included representatives from various regional and national media including television and online magazines. They were instructed by von Wiesenberger to look, sniff and taste each water under guidelines similar to those in a wine tasting. The waters were rated for each attribute including appearance (it should be clear – or slightly opaque for glacial waters), aroma (there should be none), taste (it should taste clean), mouth feel (it should feel light), aftertaste (it should leave you thirsty for more). Waters were tasted in four separate flights over two days.
Clearbrook Waterworks has a long history of supplying residents with pristine groundwater that is extracted from the Abbotsford-Sumas aquifer. The Board of Trustees and staff at the District take great pride in their service to the District’s rate payers.