Water providers from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will compete in a taste test competition at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia’s (WIOA) 5th Ixom Best Tap Water in NSW/ACT.

Water providers from regional and metropolitan areas are invited to participate in the state-based competition where water samples will be judged on various qualities, including colour, clarity, odour and taste during blind taste tests.

In 2016, the Nambucca Shire Council in the mid north coast region of New South Wales won the state title and will try to defend it in 2017.

The top drop will be announced on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at the 11th WIOA NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition at the Exhibition Park in Canberra.

The competition aims to recognise the hard work of those who ensure safe, clean drinking water is available to Australians.

The competition is a celebration of some of the best tasting and safest water in the world, produced in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

WIOA Chief Operations Officer, Craig Mathisen, said, “Members of the general public would probably be surprised to learn the complexities involved in delivering high-quality water to our taps each day.

“Many of us turn on taps for a drink, to cook and shower, with little consideration of what it takes to operate and maintain the water infrastructure.”

Stephen Rasdell, Ixom’s General Manager of Water, said that Ixom is delighted to be a part of the taste test.

“We have been involved in Australian water treatment for some 80 years and are incredibly proud of the work being done in this space. We’re thrilled to be a sponsor of this event and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and communities in supplying and maintaining exceptional water quality,” Mr Rasdell said.

The winning sample will go on to represent the state in a ‘Water of Origin’ against Queensland’s best tasting water in June 2017, and then chase national honours in the Ixom 2017 Best Tap Water in Australia competition to be held during national water week in October.

The winner will go on to represent Australia at the International Water Tasting Competition held in the US. 

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