In search of the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is again conducting the Ixom 2019 Best Tasting Tap Water competition, putting interstate rivalry to the ultimate test. 

Throughout the year, water authorities from various regional and metropolitan areas will participate in state heats where water samples will be judged on qualities like colour, clarity, odour and mouthfeel during blind taste tests.  Think wine tasting without needing to spit out the samples and you won’t be far wrong.  

The Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water state winners from the various state competitions are invited to compete for the national title that will be held in Dunkeld on Saturday 19 October at the Twin Peaks Festival.

While the competition itself is all in the spirit of good fun there is a meaningful undertone to it, recognising the hard work of those who ensure safe, clean drinking water is available to us, every day.  

The 2019 – State Champions 

  • NSW Shoalhaven Water
  • Tasmania Mount Leslie WTP, Launceston – TasWater
  • South Australia Swan Reach WTP
  • Victoria – Barwon Water, Wurdee Boluc WTP
  • Queensland – Mackay Regional Council

Photos from the 2018 National Taste Test.

Quotes attributable to WIOA – Chief Operations Officer, Craig Mathisen

“No one writes about high-quality drinking water that everyone drinks 365 days a year and no one gets sick from, so WIOA has decided to try and shed some light on what has been for too long, a bit of a hidden industry. We see the operators of the facilities as people who work in public health who daily put quality food on the table of our communities around the country.

“Generally, if you ask people on the street where their water comes from, they’ll just say it’s from the tap. But there’s a lot that happens to that water before it gets there, and this is our way to honor the hard work of those people who ensure the best water coming from the tap every day.

For further information contact Craig Mathisen : Mobile 0457 846 008 : email