Greenwood falls short at water competition

Greenwood finished well out of the medals in the Berkeley Springs Water Tasting - only the second time in six years not to have medalled.

The judges taste blind so keeping the waters and their numbers straight is a crucial part of assuring the quality and validity of the judging.

Winners of the 25th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition were announced on Saturday night and, for only the second time in six years of trying, Greenwood didn’t win a medal this year. Greenwood won gold in 2012, and bronze in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

The top municipal tap waters in the world in 2015 were all previous gold medalists. The top municipal water this year was awarded to Hamilton, Ohio – adding another gold to their back-to-back golds in 2009 and 10. Emporia, Kansas took the silver, and three-time gold medal winner Clearbrook, BC won the bronze.

“The consistency in winners from year to year with different panels of judges validates the choices,” remarked perennial watermaster, Arthur von Wiesenberger. “It also speaks to the impressively high caliber of the waters entered.”

“It was another wonderful year for the longest running and largest water tasting in the world,” said von Wiesenberger. “Berkeley Springs is the granddaddy of them all.”

The 26th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016.  Watch videos of the event and special interviews on

For more information on Berkeley Springs or its water tasting visit them at

Berkeley Springs is an historic spa and resort town in West Virginia only 90 minutes from the Washington/Baltimore metro area.  With a population the same size as Greenwood the town boasts warm mineral springs, world class shops, spas and numerous choices from elegant bed and breakfast and historic inns to cabins and resorts.

The International Water tasting is only one of several festivals Berkeley Springs hosts each year.


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