The tap water in Kelowna is clear, clean and refreshing.
It is also, according to the BC Water & Waste Association, the best tap water in BC.
In a recent blind tap water competition held in Whistler, BC, four trained aqualiers (water experts) tasted 11 community's water and chose Kelowna's as the best overall tap water in the province.
“British Columbia has some of the highest quality water of anywhere in the world, so the City of Kelowna was up against some formidable challengers,” says Tanja McQueen, CEO of the BC Water & Waste Association.
“We congratulate Kelowna on this honour as they should be very proud of the work they do every day to deliver clean, great tasting water to their residents.”
The inaugural 'Best of the Best' tap water competition was part of a series of events this week in Whistler to celebrate Drinking Water Week.
“The purpose of drinking water week is to raise awareness about the value of water. Water is one of those resources that we all to take for granted. We turn on our taps, it magically appears, we flush our toilets and it disappears and we don’t tend to give a lot of thought to the complex infrastructure and people that make that all happen,” explains McQueen.
She says this is the first year they have included the blind taste test and thought it was a fun way for communities to rally around their precious resource.
“The water taste test is a great and fun way for the communities to demonstrate that they have great water and show that to the public."
For the blind tasting four judges or aqualiers tasted and compaired the water from 11 different BC communities on several categories; Clarity, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression.
“It was much like a wine tasting. They were provided with samples from 11 different communities and they tasted that water and judged it on those criteria,” says McQueen.
Once all the scores were tabulated it was discovered Kelowna had got the highest score
”It is gratifying when all our investments in innovative water treatment technology through the years results in recognition for our clear, great tasting drinking water. We need to also give credit to the waste water treatment process we have that returns clean effluent to our drinking water source – Okanagan Lake,” says Kelowna Utility Services Manager Kevin Van Vliet.
Mike Gosselin is the City of Kelowna’s Wastewater Treatment Supervisor and accepted the award on Kelowna’s behalf at the BCWWA Annual Conference in Whistler.