The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) has announced the winner of its Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania competition, held in Mowbray on 4 July 2023.

Fern Tree was announced the winner after competing against Glen Huon and Barrington in the grand finals. All water suppliers in the state were invited to submit a sample of their finest drop to compete for the award.

Fern Tree will have bragging rights over other water suppliers in Tasmania for the next twelve months, and will battle it out against the best from other states for the Australian title in November 2023. 

After taking out the coveted Australian title in 2022 for its sample from the Cresswell water treatment plant in Healesville, Melbourne Water will host this 2023 national competition in Victoria in November.

The annual Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water competition is designed as a fun 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 are 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 – think wine tasting without needing to spit out the samples once you’re done.

In its search for the best tasting tap water in each state and nationally, WIOA invites all water suppliers to participate in the competition.

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 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 is proud to be the sponsor of the prestigious 2023 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water competition,” Mr Wall said.

Ixom Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, David Head, said, “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.”

The winner of the Ixom 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition will go on to represent Australia at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition in West Virginia, US.

Assistant Editor, Utility magazine

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