Water tasting contest in West Virginia to name winners

BERKELEY SPRINGS (AP) — The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition is set to hand out awards for the best municipal, purified, still and sparkling bottled waters.

Winners are scheduled to be announced at a ceremony Saturday night. This year’s competition includes more than 125 entries.

Veteran judge and journalist Mark Kraham says one key to sampling all the entries is to take small sips to save trips to the bathroom.

The competition is taking place just hours away from Charleston, where a Jan. 9 chemical spill tainted the tap water supply in nine counties.

The chemical spill fouled the air and tainted the faucets for 300,000 West Virginians last month with licorice-smelling water.

There’s no entry from Charleston, butt a panel discussion Friday brought attention to protecting municipal water supplies.

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