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Zeballos beats out nine competitors to win 'B.C.'s best tap water' prize

Published: May 29, 2017
Updated: May 30, 2017 7:12 PM
Filed Under:The Province > News > Local News

It’s a big week for the village of Zeballos.

The community on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island is getting a new bridge next week. This week, their tap water was put forward as B.C.’s best.

At the fourth annual tap water taste test, held Tuesday as part of the B.C. Water & Waste Association’s annual conference in Victoria, “a panel of selected ‘aqualiers’ sampled and evaluated water based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste, and overall impression,” the association said in a press release.

The village’s water came out on top.

Zeballos was up against nine other B.C. communities in the competition: Big White resort’s water utility, the Capital Regional District, Penticton, Port Alberni, Clearbrook’s waterworks district, SunDorn Estates and three areas of the district of Hope (East Kawkawa lake, Silver Creek, and the town of Hope itself).

Zeballos’ chief administrative officer Eileen Lovestrom was elated at the news.

“Isn’t that wonderful,” she said over the phone on Tuesday. “We’ve always known it was the best.”

Zeballos’ water comes from a well and is completely untreated.

“We’re very careful with our aquifer,” she said proudly. “It’s a good clean living up here.”

The village bills itself as “the golden gate to the west coast.”