On Saturday, February 21, 2015, tap water produced by the City of Hamilton was again named the “Best Tasting Tap Water in the World,” at the 25th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, in Berkeley Springs, WV.
This marks the second time Hamilton has won this coveted award within the last five years.
Hamilton bested an international group of contestants that included a number of former Gold medalists: Clearbrook, British Columbia (three-time champion, including 2014); Emporia, KS (2013) and Greenwood, British Columbia (2012).
“The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges, validates the choices,” remarked perennial watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger. “It also speaks to the impressively high caliber of the waters entered.”
The City of Hamilton previously won the 2010 Gold Medal as the Best Tasting Tap Water in the World and the 2009 Silver Medal as the Second Best Tasting Tap Water in the World and the Best Tasting Tap Water in the U.S. Hamilton has won numerous other tasting awards in the past, for its tap water, including the 2012 and 2014 “Best of the Best” award, by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, for the best tasting tap water in Ohio.
Entrants in the Berkeley Springs competition included nearly 100 waters from 19 states, six Canadian provinces and six foreign countries, in the categories of Municipal Tap Water, Purified Drinking Water, Packaging Design, Bottled Non-Carbonated, and Sparkling Water. The Municipal Tap Water competition was represented by 24 municipal waters from 12 states, as well as from Canada, Thailand and South Korea.
The ten judges included representatives from various regional and national media, including television and online magazines. The judges were instructed to follow specific guidelines similar to wine tasting in the blind taste test, judging the waters based upon “look, sniff and taste.” The waters were rated for a number of attributes, 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), and aftertaste (it should leave you thirsty for more).
John Bui, Water Production Superintendent for the City of Hamilton, credited the tremendous effort and hard work of the City personnel for this honor. “The entire Water Department staff is to be congratulated for their efforts in winning the Gold Medal in this competition. Our staff works tirelessly to produce the highest quality and finest tasting water for our customers. And this Gold Medal is a testimony to and fitting recognition of that effort,” Bui said.
Doug Childs, Director of Public Utilities/General Manager, stated, “This Gold Medal confirms what the citizens of Hamilton and customers of the City’s Water System already knew. The City of Hamilton has the finest tasting water in the world!”
The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four of the primary utilities in the City, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution) and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems. The City continues to be one of the lowest cost providers of all utility services in the Region and the State.
- Water is everywhere, covering 3/4 of the Earth’s surface.
- 97% of the Earth’s water is salt water and over 2% is polluted or part of the Earth’s ice caps, leaving approximately 1% available for human use and consumption.
- Water cleanses comforts and heals.
- An indispensable nutrient, water makes up most of a human’s body weight.
- 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen and/or on a printed page.
- Drinking 5 glasses of water daily:Decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%,
- Slashes the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and
- Decreases by 50% the likelihood of developing bladder cancer.
- 84% of Americans feel the pollution of water is a major problem.
Image: Photo from the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, courtesy City of Hamilton