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Is your tap water the Best of the Best?

Does your municipality have the best drinking water around? Find out by going head to head with water providers from across BC and the Yukon in the 2018 Tap Water Taste Test contest!

The competition format mirrors wine tasting, where a panel of judges - or aqualiers - sample and judge water samples based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression.

Since it launched 2014, the event has attracted entries from throughout BC and the Yukon, and earned media coverage for participants across the region. Past winners include: the City of Kelowna (2014), the City of Chilliwack (2015), the District of Hope (2016), and the Village of Zeballos (2017).

The 5th Annual Tap Water Taste Test will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Penticton.

To participate in this friendly competition, simply complete the online entry form before April 27.

Enter the competition today

Call for Annual Conference Moderators

We are looking for moderators for our 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Penticton, BC. Moderators are needed on Monday May 14 and Tuesday May 15 to manage conference education sessions. If you would like to volunteer as a moderator, please fill in the Expression of Interest online application form  by March 8th.

Learn more about the education program for the 2018 Annual Conference.

New report: Building Capacity Among Small Water Systems in BC

Approximately, 15% of BC water users receive their water from one of over 4,500 small water systems around the province. Yet, many of these small water systems face greater challenges than larger systems in delivering safe drinking water. These challenges include inadequate capacity to effectively manage operations and finances, lack of financial resources to invest in needed infrastructure, and issues ensuring proper stewardship and governance.

In response to these challenges, the BC Ministry of Health asked the BCWWA to develop a pilot project to build capacity among small water systems in BC. The project was targeted at owners and operators of small water systems and originally intended to provide services to up to 40 systems from nine communities or regional areas. The response to the project was very positive, with 99 systems participating. 

We're excited to announce that a full report on the Building Capacity Among Small Water Systems in BC pilot project, including key findings, is now available. 

Full report



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