Operator of the Year

Sponsored by TAFE SA

This is the most prestigious award presented to operations staff in the South Australian Water industry annually.  The award is presented to operators of network systems or water or wastewater treatment facilities to recognise excellent performance, initiative and all round attention to detail.

As award sponsor, TAFE SA invites all employers of operators in South Australia to nominate appropriate “operations staff” to be considered for the award.

Award criteria

Nominees should be employed in South Australia and should have direct responsibility for operational decisions within network systems or at community water and wastewater facilities

The following features are taken into account in considering worthy recipients:

  1. Continuing education/training achievement
  2. Overall plant or system management and condition
  3. Demonstrated attention to work, Health and Safety and other regulatory responsibilities
  4. Initiative and innovation, demonstrating improved treatment and efficiency

The completed applications are judged by an independent panel nominated by the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) and the winner of the South Australian Operator of the Year Award will be announced at a WIOA event annually.

The winner receives a perpetual trophy for his or her organisation to keep for 12 months plus a personal trophy to keep permanently.  The winner will also join the WIOA operator delegation on their annual trip to New Zealand to join the study tour and participate in the WIOG NZ operations conference.

Nominees should be employed in South Australia and should have direct responsibility for operational decisions

South Australian Operator of the Year - Honour Roll

Year South Australian Operator of the Year
2016 Daniel Partridge from SA Water

South Australian Water Taste Test

Sponsored by Ixom

The Ixom South Australian Water Taste Test is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness of the quality of SA’s drinking water and to recognise the efforts of local water service providers in delivering valuable water services to their communities.

The award for the Best Tasting Water will be judged and the winner announced as having the Best Tasting Water in the State.

About the Ixom South Australian Water Taste Test


  1. All water providers/councils in South Australia are invited to participate in the Ixom Water Taste Test.
  2. Each water provider/councils is asked to nominate one preferred sample for inclusion in the competition.
  3. Where water provider/councils operate multiple water supply systems, the decision regarding which water sample to enter is left up to each water business.
  4. Entrants must have at least one person attending the taste test. This person may be required to provide further information about the sample, and accept certificates or trophies on behalf of the water providers/council if successful.
  5. All entries must have incurred no serious state or federal drinking water violations during the past 12 months*.


  1. Samples must be submitted in a clearly marked container with the name of the water business it represents and the location/town from where the sample is derived and be delivered to the conference venue.
  2. We require 2 litres of the sample water which must be provided in 2 x 1 litre seal able containers.
  3. Samples must be provided at room temperature (not cooled).
  4. Samples will be served at room temperature, to help the judges better taste, appreciate and rank each sample.
  5. All entries must provide a completed entry form.

Competition Judging


  1. The competition will be divided into a number of heats, with entries placed in each heat randomly drawn by WIOA staff.
  2. Each heat will have a heat co-ordinator.
  3. Heat judging will be undertaken by guests at the welcome reception who shall taste all samples and select their most favoured water sample by giving it one vote.
  4. The sample with the most votes will be judged the heat winner and the winner will proceed to the Grand Final.
  5. In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen by the heat co-ordinator from those that are tied.

Grand Final

  1. As with the heats, the origin of each sample will not be revealed. The samples will be judged by a panel nominated by WIOA comprising technical water experts and water industry connoisseurs.
  2. Samples will be judged on a point scale from Good to Best.
  3. Scores will be aggregated and the winner will be the sample with the highest combined score. The winning water business and water supply location will be announced.
  4. Only the identity of the four grand finalists and the supplier of the winning sample will be announced – Grand Final or Heat samples will not be ranked, nor will any of the scores be released.
  5. The decision of the judges is final.

*A “serious” water quality incident includes protracted periods of poor water quality or boiled water alerts, an event leading to immediate potential public health risks or other break-down of risk-management protocols.

For more information, please contact Craig Mathisen at WIOA on 03 5821 6744, mobile 0457 846 008 or email craig@wioa.org.au

Previous Winners

2017 – Morgan WTP – Morgan (SA Water)
2016 – Morgan WTP – Morgan (SA Water)
 – Happy Valley WTP – Adelaide (AllWater)

7 News | Water Taste Test

It’s an acquired taste that many just can't stomach and SA tap water has been the butt of many jokes - but a blind taste test has found where in the state you can find the best tasting drop. Download the 7 News app: http://bit.ly/7NEWSAPP #Water #7News

Posted by 7 News Adelaide on Thursday, 13 July 2017