BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. &

Drink up, Los Angeles.




The city's residents have the tastiest tap water, according to the judges of the world's largest and longest-running water tasting contest.




The 18th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting was held Saturday, with more than 120 waters competing for top honors.




Sparkling, tap and bottled water from 19 states and 9 foreign countries, including New Zealand, Romania, Macedonia and the Philippines, were judged by 10 journalists and food critics.




Judges based their rankings on taste, odor, mouth feel, aftertaste &

and checked to make sure nothing was floating in the water.




The title for Best Municipal Water in 2008 is shared by Clearbrook, British Columbia, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves Los Angeles.




"It's not the first time Los Angeles has won, they've won a number of times over the years," said event producer Jill Klein Rone. "It means they give special care and attention to their water and how it is processed."




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