Canada Town Has Dibs On World’s Best Water


GREENWOOD, British Columbia (UPI) — The tiny Canadian town of Greenwood, British Columbia, has the world’s best tap water, judges at an international water tasting competition determined.

Nipper Kettle, the mayor of the British Columbia hamlet of 676 people, shipped a sample of Greenwood’s drinking water — which comes from underground aquifers and is untreated — to the 22nd annual international water tasting competition in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where judges gave it a score of 40 out of a possible 44.

Water from the communities that entered was assessed for appearance, odor, flavor, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impressions.

“I know the quality of the water,” Kettle told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “When I first moved here I used to buy bottled water and I thought, ‘Why am I wasting my time buying bottled water when we have the best water?'”

Over at Greenwood’s Deadwood Junction coffee shop, Debbie Ruley said she “felt very honored but wasn’t surprised.”

“I always felt ours was the best in the world,” she said. “When I drink water in other places it’s just not the same.”

Besides worldwide bragging rights, the town receives a trophy.

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