Australia’s best tasting tap water has been announced in the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia’s (WIOA) 2022 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia, featuring previous winners and state representatives from across the country.

The winner, Melbourne Water’s Cresswell water treatment plant, was announced at the Primex Field Days in Casino, New South Wales on November 12 and saw fellow competitors from across Australia, including:

  • NSW/ACT – Bamarang water treatment plant – Shoalhaven Water
  • Queensland – Nebo Road water treatment plant – Mackay Regional Council
  • South Australia – Murray Bridge water treatment plant – TRILITY
  • Tasmania – Fern Tree water treatment plant – TasWater
  • Western Australia – Wyndham water treatment plant – Water Corporation

Melbourne Water’s Cresswell water treatment plant will have bragging rights for the next twelve months as the provider of Australia’s best drop and will go on to represent Australia at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition in West Virginia, USA in February 2023.

Last year’s national winner was from Richmond Valley Council and its Casino Water Treatment Plant, which is why the 2022 event is being held in their area.

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 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. 

In WIOA’s national search for the best tap water, the organisation invites all water suppliers to participate in the competition.

WIOA Managing Director, George Wall, said the competition recognises the valuable contributions of Australia’s water utilities.

“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,” Mr Wall 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 to 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.”

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