The small city of Greenwood, B.C. can now boast it has the tastiest tap water in the world.

The tiny Kootenays community -- which also has the distinction of being the smallest city in the country with a population just over 700 -- won the award for best-tasting municipal water at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in West Virginia this weekend.

Mayor Nipper Kettle told CTV News that he's savouring the victory and hoping it will provide a shot in the arm for the economy.

"Actually, this area could use a little bit of a boost. If somebody wanted to come here, it would be a great place to start a brewery or something like that, because in anything you do it starts with good quality water," he said.

The prize-winning water comes from a well that taps into an aquifer 35 metres below Main Street. The water is filtered, but it isn't treated in any other way.

Health authorities usually demand some kind of treatment, typically chlorine, but because there's no surface water in Greenwood, the city has so far managed to avoid the requirement.

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Kent Molgat