Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) officially has Victoria’s best tasting drinking water, being awarded first prize at the 2015 Victorian Ixom Water Taste Test.

Each year at the Annual Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) Victorian Conference, water corporations from across Victoria battle it out to see who produces the state’s best tasting drinking water. GVW’s Manager Operations, Steven Nash, said that he knew Goulburn Valley Water’s sample would be right up there come judging time.

“We arranged for a water sample to be taken from one of our southern catchment areas and going into the finals we were pretty sure that we had the winning entry in this year’s taste test competition.”

The winning sample was taken from the new microfiltration plant at Marysville and was judged on aroma, clarity and taste before it was announced as Victoria’s top drop. Mr Nash said the real highlight of the competition however is the passion that GVW operators put into continually producing high quality, safe, drinking water.

“Although the competition was tough, the event was a celebration of the fact that some of the best tasting and safest water in the world is produced right here in the Goulburn Valley by people who have a great passion for their job.”

The new $5 million Marysville Water Treatment Plant was rebuilt after the Black Saturday fires and has been producing award winning water since June. The plant services the towns of Marysville and Buxton with the capacity to produce up to 2 ML of drinking water per day.

Best tasting tap water

Marysville was awarded best tasting tap water for Victoria at the conference.

The three finalists were Goulburn Valley Water for their sample from Marysville, Barwon Water for their sample from Lorne and Gippsland Water for their sample from Traralgon.The grand final was judged by a panel comprising technical water experts and water industry connoisseurs.

The judges’ votes were locked away until the conference’s evening Awards dinner where Goulburn Valley Water was announced as the winner.

WIOA Chief Operations Manager, Craig Mathisen, said the Victorian Taste Test Award was about raising awareness of the quality of the state’s drinking water.

“We see the award as a fun and exciting way to raise awareness of the quality of our state’s drinking water and recognise the efforts of local water service providers and their operators in delivering safe, valuable water services to their communities.

“This year the water supplied to the community of Marysville came out on top. It’s a great achievement for Goulburn Valley Water and their operators after the rebuild of the facility after the Black Saturday fires,” said Mr Mathisen.

GVW’s Manager Operations, Mr Steven Nash, said that he knew Goulburn Valley Water’s sample would be right up there come judging time.

“We arranged for a water sample to be taken from our new water treatment plant at Marysville and going into the finals we were pretty sure that we had a good chance in this years’ taste test competition.” 

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