Judges testing the water samples at the 2023 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria competition

The winner of the 2023 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria competition has been announced at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) conference in Bendigo.

Watersure – Victorian Desalination Plant took home the title, after competing against the other two Grand Finalists for Victoria, Falls Creek Alpine Resort, and North East Water – Benalla WTP.

Watersure will now go on to battle it out against the best from other states for the Australian title in November 2022.

The winner of the Ixom 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water national competition will then represent Australia at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition in West Virginia, USA.

The annual Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water competition is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness of the quality of drinking water in Australia, and to recognise the efforts of local water service providers in delivering valuable water services to their communities.

Water samples were subjected to a blind taste test and rated according to the Water Tasting Wheel, which outlines some of the attributes that water professionals use when judging water such as colour, clarity, odour and taste.

This year’s Victorian judges included Utility Magazine’s new Editor, Katie Livingston; Warrick Green from Ixom; Doug Moorby, Manager Utilities at Narromine Shire, NSW; and Kyra Sunnex from NZ Tour Group.

The 2023 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria competition judging panel

WIOA Managing Director, George Wall, said the competition recognises and acknowledges 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 to shape and secure Australia’s water future,” Mr Wall said.

Mr Wall also acknowledged Ixom’s support of the Best Tasting Tap Water competition.

“Thanks to Ixom’s unwavering commitment and support of the industry, we have been able to continue running the competition.”

Ixom Managing Director and CEO, David Head, said, “Ixom is proud to be the sponsor of the prestigious 2023 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water competition.

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

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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