Entries from three different countries took gold medals in the prestigious 18th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in the West Virginia town.
The event was part of the annual Winter Festival of the Waters.
A total of 188 water entries from around the world were tasted by 10 judges on Saturday. They were trained by water master Arthur von Wiesenberger, an international water expert from Santa Barbara, CA.
What are water judges supposed to look for? Said Von Wiesenberger, entries should have a nice sweetness, be fresh and thirst quenching, and have a balanced feel with the correct minerals.
• Gold: Tie between Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Clearbrook Waterworks District, British Columbia, Canada
• Silver: Tie between Desert Hot Springs, CA; Village of Montrose, British Columbia, Canada
• Bronze: Rutland, VT
Non-Carbonated Bottled Water
• Gold: Tumai Water, Martinsburg, WV
• Silver: Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Eldorado Springs, CO
• Bronze: Prairie Spring Water, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Purified Drinking Water
• Gold: Great Blue, Federalsburg, MD
• Silver: Clear Creek Water Co., Farmington, NM
• Bronze: Tie between Blue Moon Water, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada; Saskatchewan Clear, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Carbonated Bottled Water
• Gold: Salvus Mineralwasser Medium, Emsdetten, Germany.
• Silver: Zema Voda, Tesanj, Bosnia.
• Bronze: Waiwera Artesian Water, Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa Resort, Auckland, New Zealand
People's Choice for Package Design
• Gold: Mist Premium Spring Water of Vanleer, TN, based in Atlanta, GA
• Silver: Aquadeco, Gold Mountain, Ontario, Canada, based in New York
• Bronze: Tumai Water, Martinsburg, WV
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