Holberg wins 2019 'Best of the Best' Tap Water Taste Test

The tiny community of Holberg, located near the world-renowned Cape Scott Provincial Park in the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, has a population of around 35 people and, as of May 28th, the best tasting tap water in all of BC!


At least, it was judged to be the best at the 2019 BCWWA Tap Water Taste Test at our 47th Annual Conference & Trade Show in Victoria. The water was judged based on five criteria, including: aroma, taste, mouth-feel, aftertaste and overall impression.  


Given the seriousness of the event, judges cleansed their palettes with crackers and distilled water in true sommelier form as not to distract from each waters’ unique qualities. Similarly, there was some trash talking from the spectators as the competition went on – but all in good faith. 


Other participants included past winners Village of Zeballos, the hosts Capital Regional District, and six other municipalities from around BC. 


Judging for this year's event was provided by:

  • Jenny Hartfelder, Immediate Past President, Water Environment Federation
  • Kurt Vause, Water Utility Council Chair, American Water Works Association
  • Robyn Burns, Host of All Points West, CBC Radio
  • Nicole MacLean, Head Brwer and Head Distiller, Macaloney Distillers