2018 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

The Ixom 2018 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition is heading to Queensland

The 2018 National Competition will be conducted on Wednesday 17th October 2018 in Toowoomba where the community will help determine the best tasting tap water in Australia

WIOA will work with the provider of the winning sample, entering it in the International Water Test to be held in Berkeley Springs in the USA. We hope the Australian winning sample may go on to further glory and be proclaimed as the best tasting water in the world!

2018 Representatives 

  • Queensland Livingstone Shire Council – Yeppoon
  • NSW Port Macquarie Hastings Council – Port Macquarie
  • Tasmania TasWater – Bryn Estyn (Greater Hobart)
  • South Australia SA Water – Woolpunda WTP
  • Victoria Wannon Water – Hamilton WTP

Photos from the 2017 National Taste Test.

Queensland wins 2017 Award

Congratulations QUEENSLAND winner of the Ixom 2017 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

The 2017 National Competition was conducted on Wednesday 18th October 2017 in the Brisbane Street Mall (Launceston, Tasmania) where the community of Launceston helped determine the best tasting tap water in Australia

Over 150 participants sampled the water from 5 states, and it was Queensland who revived the most number of votes and was duly recognised and awarded the prize.

The Queensland sample supplied by the Toowoomba Regional Council from the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant will now go on to represent Australia in an International competition to be held in February 2018 in the USA.  WIOA hopes the sample will go on to further glory and be proclaimed as the best tasting water in the world!

Photos from the National Taste Test for download and use.

The 2017 – State Champions 

Ixom Water Taste Test state winners have been decided at events through the year and the top drops from the various state competitions will be submitted for the national competition.

State Water Provider Treatment Facility
ACT/NSW Icon Water Mt Stomolo WTP
Queensland Toowoomba Regional Council Mt Kynock WTP
South Australia SAWater Morgan WTP
Tasmania TasWater Lake Fenton Scheme
Victoria Goulburn Valley Water Merrijig WTP

Although competition is tough, this event is really a celebration of the fact that some of the best tasting and safest water in the world is produced right here in Australia by people who have a great passion for their jobs. The competition puts a spotlight on the friendly rivalry among water providers and their operators who continually produce high quality, safe, drinking water for their communities.


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 craig@wioa.org.au

The competition is proudly supported by Ixom.

Toowoomba Regional Council – Mt Kynoch WTP wins 2017 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

Held in Launceston on Wednesday 18 October 2017

Toowoomba in Queensland has the best tasting tap water in Australia having been announced as the winner of the Ixom 2017 Best Tap Water in Australia competition. The winning sample was provided by the Toowoomba Regional Council from the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant.

The Toowoomba Regional Council will have bragging rights for the next 12 months and will go on to represent Australia at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition held in West Virginia, USA.

The announcement took place on Wednesday 18 October 2017 – in Launceston, Tasmania, the state from which last year’s winning sample was taken, is part of WIOA’s National Water Week celebrations which included giveaways and educational activities for children that were conducted by TasWater. The Launceston community took part in the judging as well as attendees from water businesses and suppliers to the industry.

TasWater – Barrington WTP wins 2016 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

Held in Marysville on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Barrington, Tasmania has the best tasting tap water in Australia having been announced as the winner of the Ixom 2016 Best Tap Water in Australia competition. The winning sample was provided by TasWater from the Barrington Water Treatment Plant.

Barrington and TasWater will get bragging rights for the next 12 months and will go on to represent Australia at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition held in West Virginia, USA.

The announcement took place on Wednesday 19 October 2016 – in Marysville, Victoria, the town from which last year’s winning sample was taken, is part of the town’s National Water Week celebrations which included the unveiling of a hydration station near the Visitor Information Centre, community and school activities and tours of the Marysville Water Treatment Plant conducted by Goulburn Valley Water.

The whole Marysville community took part in the judging as well as attendees from water businesses and suppliers to the industry who attended a Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) technical session also conducted on the day.

Goulburn Valley Water – Marysville WTP wins 2015 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

Held in Gunnedah NSW on 29 October 2015

In a new competition instigated in 2015, the winners from each of the State based Taste Test competitions were pitted against one another to determine which plant produced the Best Tasting Water In Australia.

Each of the entries represented not only their water business but their respective States in the battle for bragging rights and national honours.

As part of a WIOA water interest day in Gunnedah NSW, both the interest day attendees as well as Gunnedah residents were given the opportunity to taste and judge the samples from Orange in NSW, Richmond in Queensland, Adelaide in South Australia and Marysville in Victoria.

Goulburn Valley Water’s Marysville Water Treatment Plant in Victoria came out on top and was announced as the winner of the Ixom 2015 Australian Water Taste Test and can lay claim to producing the best tap water in Australia for 2015!

The Marysville Water Treatment Plant went through the Black Saturday bushfires and GVW has since rebuilt the facility. Raw water for the Marysville Water Treatment Plant is drawn from the Steavenson River into the off-stream Aub Cuzens Reservoir before being treated using a microfiltration process.

Second best water in the world

Goulburn Valley Water was awarded a silver medal in the Municipal Water category at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition for its sample supplied from the Marysville Water Treatment Plant.

WIOA worked with the Goulburn Valley Water team to arrange the water sample’s journey to West Virginia, USA.

Goulburn Valley Water and the residents of Marysville can now boast to having access to the second best water in the world.