The 7th Annual BCWWA ''Best of the Best'' Tap Water Taste Test will be held at the BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show in Penticton, BC! 


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 9:30am – 10:30am | Lakeside Resort, Penticton BC





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 7th Annual BCWWA ‘Best of the Best’ Tap Water Taste Test contest!


The competition format mirrors wine tasting, where a panel of impartial judges sample and judge water samples based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression. The winner will be determined based on the highest combined score of all judges. The winner will be announced at the Annual Conference Awards Lunch, immediately following the taste test. 


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 District of Hope (2016), the Village of Zeballos (2017) the City of Castlegar (2018) and the village of Holberg (2019).


Stop by on Tuesday morning to find out which municipality will be crowned as having the “Best of the Best” Tap Water in BC and Yukon. This is one event you won’t want to miss!


British Columbia and Yukon drinking water providers are invited to submit a drinking water sample in this friendly industry competition.


To register, fill out the form here. Please also be sure to read all the contest rules and regulations.





  • There is NO COST to compete.
  • An Awards Lunch ticket is included in the Full Conference Pass and the Tuesday One Day Conference Pass.
  • The deadline to register for the competition is Friday, April 10, 2020.





  • Complete this form by April 10, 2020 to confirm your participation.
  • Water sample must be collected post treatment and from the tap of an end user.
  • Water sample must be delivered to the Annual Conference in Penticton on Monday, April 27, 2020.
  • Water sample must be in three (3), one-litre GLASS bottles. (Do not use plastic bottles.)
  • Water sample must be delivered at room temperature. All samples will be served to judges at room temperature.
  • A representative to be present during judging
  • A representative from the winning team to be present during the Awards Lunch.


The BCWWA "Best of the Best" Tap Water Taste test competition is designed to highlight the incredibly high quality water that BC residents have access to from their taps. It is an opportunity for communities to celebrate their water and their water utility as a whole. As an organization whose position is to promote disinfection as a core component of safe, clean drinking water, the BCWWA has designed this competition for water samples that are taken at the tap within a distribution system that utilizes disinfection methodology.


All submissions will be asked to verify that they meet the BC Drinking Water Guidelines (letter from Health Authority or records demonstrating compliance) and residual disinfection is provided in their distribution system. They will also be asked to verify that the water samples for the competition have been taken from an end user’s tap.


Further details, including event day procedures, to be provided closer to the Annual Conference date.


To complete the competition registration form, click here.