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  • Water is everywhere, covering 3/4 of the planet’s surface.
  • 97% of the Earth’s water is salt water and over 2% is polluted or part of the ice cap, leaving less than 2% available for human use.
  • Water cleanses, comforts and heals.
  • An indispensable nutrient, it makes up most of human body weight.
  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen and/or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • 84% of Americans feel the pollution of water is a major problem.
  • United Nations’ International Decade for Action, Water for Life ~ Celebrated in Berkeley Springs February 24-27, 2011. 


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February 23-26, 2017
BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – The 27th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, February 25. Held at The Country Inn in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world dubbed by media “the world’s most prestigious water tasting.”

Tasting of municipal waters, followed by purified drinking water, begins at 2:30pm. Bottled waters, both still and sparkling, are tasted at 6:30pm. Winners in all categories are announced at a public awards reception at 8pm.

More than 700 distinct waters have entered over the life of the event coming from all over the United States and from as far away as Greece, New Zealand and Korea. “The impact of winning this event is extraordinary for a bottler,” said Jeanne Mozier, one of the event founders. “Several have experienced exponential growth, others closed major deals, and almost all winners redesign their labels to display their winning medal.” Two new countries were added this year: Costa Rica and Fiji.

A distinguished panel of media judges determine the official winners, but there is a role for the public. All day Saturday, they taste water along with the judges. Most importantly, the public votes for the People’s Choice award for best packaging. “How the product looks has become ever more important as the bottled water industry continues to grow,” said Mozier. “There are now more than 600 brands of bottled water.”

Mozier admits the event is a little tame. “The real excitement for the audience comes at the conclusion,” she explains. “Once the awards are presented, we stage the now world-famous ‘water rush’ where folks scramble to take home some of the hundreds of bottles of water that have been used for display.” The “water rush” was highlighted by cable television’s Games Across America.

Watermaster Arthur von Wiesenberger, noted expert and author from Santa Barbara, CA, trains the media judges and directs the challenge of evaluating a product where tastelessness is the most sought after quality. The unique event, dubbed the “granddaddy of water tastings,” by von Wiesenberger, is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs and open to the public.

Handcrafted glass water drops, created by West Virginia’s Appalachian Glass, are presented as awards in the municipal, bottled and still water categories as well as for purified drinking water and best packaging design.

Judges in 2017 include representatives from West Virginia Public Broadcasting and West Virginia Living Magazine, and journalists whose work appears in Washingtonian Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Journal, Washington Post, among others, and on Turner Broadcasting, Adult Swim and YouTube, as well as in podcasts and blogs. The award-winning event was featured on a National Geographic Today television special as well as repeated documentaries and has been named to various top event lists.

“Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe,” the event’s seminar, addresses industry issues on Friday, February 24 from 1 – 5pm. Speakers include Joe Doss, President & CEO, International Bottled Water Association; Jennifer Heymann, Source Water Protection Manager, WV American Water; David Lillard, Special Projects Manager, WV Rivers Coalition and J. Scott Shipe, infrastructure science specialist and 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

The water tasting weekend begins on Thursday, February 23, with preliminary tastings at The Country Inn that are free and open to the public. The seminar and Saturday’s award ceremony are live streamed on BerkeleySpringsWV Facebook events page. Special events and activities continue everywhere in Morgan County through Sunday, February 26 including tastings of other substances. Berkeley Springs Brewing Company uses famed Berkeley Springs water for their craft beers. On Thursday, they are offering a craft beer and food pairing event while all weekend, the purchase of four flight samples gets you one free. The award-winning Lot 12 Public House has a wine tasting on Friday: four wines and hors d’oeuvres. Reservations required. Apple butter is another famous Berkeley Springs taste and you can sample the sticky wonder at Berkeley Springs Memories from 10am to 5pm all weekend long.

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Water Seminar focuses on Protecting Water

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BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV —- Major figures in the world of water come together at the 27th Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in an afternoon seminar on Friday, February 24 to address crucial concerns related to drinking water safety. Water: Beneath the Surface and Around the Globe, is free and open to the public from 1-5pm at The Country Inn.

The afternoon session begins with Joe Doss, president and CEO of the International Bottled Water Association. Doss gives an update on key bottled water issues, challenges and opportunities.

Jennifer Heymann, Source Water Protection Manager, will provide an overview of West Virginia American Water’s source water protection program and share actions that everyone can take to help protect their local water supplies.

David Lillard is the special projects manager for WV Rivers Coalition. He talks about the restoration and enhancement of West Virginia’s streams as they flow into the Potomac River, the drinking water supply for 5.5 million people, and on to the Chesapeake Bay.

Water infrastructure science specialist, J. Scott Shipe, founder of J. Scott and Associates, discusses the recent Lead and Copper Rule Revision, released last fall by the US EPA. The complex regulation was prompted by the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan.



Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Lifetime Achievement Award for on-going distinguished contributions to the bottled water industry was given for the first time in 2012.








Lifetime Achievement Award 2015: Jack C. West

Lifetime Achievement Award 2014: Dian Taylor

Lifetime Achievement Award 2013: Henry R. Hidell, III

Lifetime Achievement Award 2012: James M. Stevens, Sr.

The Golden Award of Excellence 2012: Kunlun Mountains Natural Mineral Water