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Canadian water repeats as champ

February 23, 2009

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Clearbrook Waterworks in British Columbia repeated as champion of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition.

Organizers say Clearbrook was judged world's best tap water at the annual festival this weekend. Last year, Clearbrook shared the top spot with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which services much of Los Angeles.

Organizers say Hamilton, Ohio, was judged to have the best municipal water in the United States. Also honored for having tasty municipal water were the Village of Montrose, B.C., and Bath, Berkeley Springs' official municipality.

Branchwater of Minnehaha Springs, W.Va., won first place in the people's choice best packaging category. The water is bottled by state Sen. Walt Helmick, D-Morgan/Berkeley.

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More than 200 people watched at the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs on Saturday night as eleven media judges spent hours tasting nearly 100 waters from 16 states and eight foreign countries. There were 23 municipal waters from 9 states and Canada.

The water tasting is the centerpiece of Berkeley Springs' three-month Winter Festival of Waters. Travel Berkeley Springs organizes the event to bring winter tourists to the area.

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