Ixom – Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water Competition

Queensland wins 2017 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

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 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 ats 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 Ixom 2017 Best Tap Water in Australia Competition

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 Ixom 2016 Best Tap Water in Australia Competition

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.