2021 Best Tasting Tap Water Australia Winners

The winner for the Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria has been announced for 2022, following a competition between Victorian water companies. 

Melbourne Water with its water from the Cresswell Water Treatment Plant at Healesville has won the Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria competition.

This is the first time Melbourne Water have won the Victorian title.

The tap waters in the final were: 

  • Central Highlands Water
  • Goulburn Valley Water
  • Melbourne Water 

Heats were held in Bendigo on 21 June and the final was on 22 June.

The top drop from each state will then battle it out for the top prize in New South Wales where the 2021 national champion comes from. 

Melbourne Water will now represent Victoria at the national championships later in 2022.

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 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.

Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) Managing Director, George Wall, said 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.

“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,” Mr Wall said.

Ixom Managing Director & CEO, David Head, 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 2022 state competitions are:

  • Water of Origin – New South Wales versus Queensland – held in Logan with the heats on 2 August and the final on 3 August 
  • South Australia – held in Murray Bridge with the heats and final on 21 September
  • Queensland – TBC
  • Tasmania – held in Spreyton with the heats and final on 24 September
  • West Australia – TBC
  • National Championship held in New South Wales with date 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 the WIOA website here.

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