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IXOM Tasmanian Water Taste Test

Who has the best tasting water in Tasmania?

The IXOM Tasmanian Water Taste Test is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness of the quality of Tasmania's drinking water and to recognise the efforts of local water service providers in delivering valuable water services to their communities.

IXOM Tasmanian Water Taste Test Winners

2016 - Barrington WTP - Barrington (Also won 2016 Autralia's Best Tasting Tap Water)
- Warratah WTP - Warratah
- Bicheno WTP - Bicheno
2013 - Chimney Saddle WTP - Launceston





  1. All water treatment facilities in Tasmania are invited to participate in the Tasmanian Water Taste Test.
  2. All entries must have incurred no serious state or federal drinking water violations during the past year*.


  1. Samples must be submitted in a clearly marked container with the name of the water treatment facility it represents and the location/town from where the sample is derived.
  2. We require 3 litres of the sample water which must be provided in 3 x 1 litre sealable containers.
  3. Samples are to be taken after the last chemical addition.
  4. Samples must be provided at room temperature (not cooled) and an entry form completed.
  5. Samples will be served at room temperature, to help the judges better taste, appreciate and rank each sample.

Competition Judging


  1. The competition will be divided into a number of heats, with entries placed in each heat randomly allocated by WIOA staff and Advisory Committee members.
  2. Each heat will have a heat co-ordinator.
  3. Heat judging will be undertaken by attendees 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 local public figures, 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 treatment facility and water supply location will be announced and presentated with the IXOM Tasmanian Water Taste Test winners Trophy.
  4. Only the identity of the grand finalists and thewater treatment facility 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

Last updated on 07-Dec-2016


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