Thirst for Competition Hits Whistler with BCWWA’s Third Annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test

Posted on: April 29, 2016
Thirst for Competition Hits Whistler with BCWWA’s Third Annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test

April 29, 2016 – WHISTLER –Media are invited to watch 15 municipal and regional district water entrants from around BC and the Yukon compete for the coveted title of best tap water. This is the third annual event where a panel of selected “aqualiers” will sample and judge water on stage in front of 1,200 delegates at the BC Water and Waste Associations’ Annual Conference. The aqualiers will evaluate the water based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste, and overall impression.

The event is held during BC Water Week (May 1 to 7) to help raise awareness about the important role our water systems play in protecting public health and the environment The judges, listed below, as well as Tanja McQueen, CEO of BC Water and Waste Association, are available for interviews during the event. 


EVENT:                               Third Annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Challenge

DATE:                                  Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TIME:                                  10:30 am sharp – judging begins

LOCATION:                        Fairmont Chateau Whistler, MacDonald foyer, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC



Ed McCormick, Immediate Past President of Water Environment Foundation

Brian Steglitz, Vice President of American Water Works Association

Colwyn Sunderland, President, Canadian Water & Wastewater Association

Samantha Rahn, Wine Director and Manager at Araxi Restaurant; Bar 2013 VIWF Sommelier of the Year


  • City of Campbell River
  • City of Kelowna Water Utility
  • City of Merritt
  • City of Nanaimo
  • City of Penticton
  • City of Port Alberni
  • City of Salmon Arm
  • City of Whitehorse
  • Cherry Creek Water District
  • Clearbrook Waterworks District
  • Columbia Shuswap Regional District
  • District of Hope
  • District of Squamish
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler

MEDIA CONTACT: Grace Hon, cell: 604-839-6770, email: