Tuesday, May 3, 2016 

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Tops of the Taps

Podunk of Hope BC beats out all contenders in water contest

Kristen Learned, Fleishman.ca

 

A panel of “aqualiers” judging and sampling water based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression at the BC Water and Waste Association’s third annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test, held at the BCWWA Conference this week in Whistler as part of BC Water Week (May 1 to 7).

 

n the third annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test, the District of Hope snatched the crowning title of the best tap water in BC and the Yukon. Hosted today in Whistler at BC Water & Waste Association’s (BCWWA) Annual Conference as part of BC Water Week (May 1 to 7), a panel of selected “aqualiers” sampled and evaluated water based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste, and overall impression.

 

"Hope's water is legendary, probably one of the few communities in Canada which pulls its water from a pristine aquifer without any treatment at all," Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope, told The Voice on Tuesday.

The District of Hope beat 13 other competitors for the esteemed designation and bragging rights for top tap offering including:

• City of Campbell River
• City of Kelowna Water Utility
• City of Merritt
• City of Nanaimo
• City of Penticton
• City of Port Alberni
• City of Salmon Arm
• City of Whitehorse
• Cherry Creek Water District
• Clearbrook Waterworks District
• Columbia Shuswap Regional District
• District of Hope
• District of Squamish
• Resort Municipality of Whistler

Kristen Learned, Fleishman.ca, also told The Voice on Tuesday that Chilliwack withdrew from the competition last week. We're endeavouring to find out why. No response from the City as of yet.

 

In the photo;  from left to right: Brian Steglitz, Vice President of American Water Works Association; Samantha Rahn, Wine Director and Manager at Araxi Restaurant, Bar 2013 VIWF Sommelier of the Year; Ed McCormick, Immediate Past President of Water Environment Foundation; Colwyn Sunderland, President, Canadian Water & Wastewater Association.

 

For more information, please visit www.bcwwa.org/conference-receptions-activities.html#TWTT

 

 

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Photo 2: Tanja McQueen, CEO of BC Water and Waste Association, crowns Bobby Clarke, representative of the District of Hope, the winner at the 2016 “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test, held at the BCWWA Conference this week in Whistler.

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Photo 3: Judges Samantha Rahn and Ed McCormick sample water and discuss the importance of our water systems in British Columbia with BC Water & Waste Association CEO, Tanja McQueen.