In addition to its world-class buds, British Columbia can now boast of its top-tier tap water after reclaiming the title of best tap water in the world this year at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event. The Clearbrook Waterworks District won the title of best tap water in the world at the 26th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting that had taken place this February. It is the fourth gold medal for the district. Ten judges tasted and selected from among dozens of waters from 18 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces and five other countries, with awards based on taste, odor, mouth feel and aftertaste. The award was handed out in West Virginia, alongside awards for bottled, sparkling, and purified water. The district’s tap water is pumped direct from a 100 sq. km. underground aquifer to about 15,000 people. No chlorine, fluoride, or other chemicals are added.
There is no big secret to Clearbrook’s success. It simply comes down to the clean 200-year old water in the aquifer, the cleanliness of the wells and plumbing in Clearbrook, and the frequent water quality tests. The system goes back to a 1953 agreement when members of what was then ‘Clearbrook Village’ decided to build a piping network to supply potable water directly to houses. As the Clearbrook Village area grew, improved water supply became a necessity. The new system gained popularity by the end of the first year, 279 homeowners and businesses were committed to using water from here. Today, residents in Clearbrook still use this system, improved many times since the original setup. The rest of Abbotsford gets chemically treated water mainly from Norrish Creek in Mission.
Clearbrook Natural Spring Water is pure and refreshing. Just one sip and we can taste the difference. The water is collected at a natural spring, a protected source, then goes through a process to remove impurities. The result is great tasting water with no chlorine aftertaste. The pumps at these wells are capable of delivering between 600 and 1000 gallons per minute. In addition to providing top-notch customer service and performing regular system maintenance like flushing, hydrant rebuilding and leak detection, the field crew undertakes capital infrastructure projects like water main upgrading, which renews the system and protects against failures. Few of the projects under Clearbrook Waterworks District are- Replacement Well Projects, Reservoir Site Upgrade Project, Water Main Replacement Projects, etc.