“The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges, validates the choices,” said perennial watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger, in the press release. “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. Other past tasting awards include the 2012 and 2014 “Best of the Best” award for Ohio’s best tasting tap water by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association.
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.