WIOA water taste test comp

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA)’s Ixom 2022 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition will be held next week on 22 and 23 June at the 83rd Victorian Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition. 

Water authorities from various regional and metropolitan areas will participate in state heats across 2022 where water samples will be judged on qualities like colour, clarity, odour and mouthfeel during blind taste tests.

The top drop from each state will then battle it out for the top prize in NSW where last year’s national champion comes from.

The winner of the Ixom 2022 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition will have bragging rights for the next 12 months and go on to represent Australia at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition held in West Virginia, USA.

“The competition will recognise and acknowledge the individuals and organisations that are stepping up, some in very trying circumstances, to make sure their communities are supplied with safe drinking water every day,” George Wall, WIOA Managing Director, said. 

“We want to use the competition to let people know the great work that is going on in local communities around Australia and help shape and secure Australia’s water future.

“WIOA would also like to acknowledge Ixom’s support of the Best Tasting Tap Water competition. We have been able to run the competition through these uncertain times because of their unwavering commitment and support to the industry.”

David Head, Ixom Managing Director and CEO, said Ixom is proud to be the sponsor of the prestigious 2022 WIOA Best Tasting Tap Water competition.

“WIOA invites all water boards and authorities to participate in the competition in its search for the best tap water in each state and nationally. Water will be judged based on its colour, clarity, odour and taste,” Mr Head said. 

“Ixom has been involved in water treatment for almost a century. We supply water treatment chemicals to water treatment plants all over Australia to help ensure that Australia continues to have world renowned, high quality water.”

Dates for the state competitions are:

  • Victoria Bendigo Heats: Tuesday 21 June, Final Wednesday 22 June
  • Water of Origin – NSW v QLD Logan Heats: Tue 2 August, Final Wednesday 3 August
  • South Australia Murray Bridge Heats and Final: Wed 21 September
  • Queensland, Tasmania, West Australia and National Championship NSW: TBC

Water samples are judged according to the Water Tasting Wheel which outlines some of the attributes that water professionals use when judging water.

Think wine tasting without needing to spit out the samples and you won’t be far wrong. Ground coffee is also sniffed between tastings to cleanse the palate.

For more information, please visit – https://wioa.org.au/tastetest/

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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