2020 Ixom NSW/ACT Best Tasting Tap Water competition

WIOA is excited to again be holding the IXOM Best Tasting Tap Water Competition. Just like at a face to face event, WIOA will arrange a number of independent judges who will taste each
sample and determine the grand finalists and ultimately, the winner.

WIOA invites all NSW/ACT water suppliers to participate in the 2020 Ixom NSW/ACT Best Tasting Tap Water competition to be held on Live Day 3 on the Virtual Water platform on 12 August 2020. More information and the entry form can be found on the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia page.

Spirit of Australia Nominations Close

These awards celebrate the Australian spirit of mateship. Australians are renowned to come together to provide unconditional help and support each other during times of need. It is this compassion and kindness that we want to recognise and we encourage you to share your stories and submit nominations to acknowledge someone who has supported those during challenging times.

More Information and Application Forms can be found of the Spirit of Australia Page.

Practical Guide Books EOFY Sale

WIOA is having an End of Financial Year Sale on our range of Practical Guide Books that have been produced by Australian water industry specialists all with significant practical operational experience in Australian conditions. Only $20 each (+gst & postage) and sale ends on 30 June 2020.

Order your Practical Guide books now

WIOA Committee for 2020 elected

Congratulations to all of our members who nominated for positions on the WIOA Executive and General Committee that were elected on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

Heidi Josipovic from Albury City Council was again voted in for her second term as President of WIOA and will be again well supported by Mark Samblebe from MBS Water who was elected as Vice President.

Former  WIOA staff member Kathy Northcott was the only newly elected member to the General Committee.

Outgoing committee members in Lindsay Walsh, Sally Shepherd and Mark Abela were thanked for their contributions to the association.

2020 Committee members


Water is an essential service and water utilities are well prepared to manage their response to COVID-19. There is no evidence that drinking water will be affected by the COVID-19 virus or that it is transmitted by drinking water or wastewater systems.

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Annual General Meeting 2020 – AGM

The 2020 WIOA Annual General Meeting will be held online – broadcasting to all Members on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

Interested Members can access the meeting via an online facility by registering by 20 April 2020. Instructions for use will be forwarded to those who register early in the week of the AGM.

Registration is essential

Nominate for the WIOA Committee 2020

Nominations are invited from financial Individual members of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia Inc, for the positions of Officers and Committee members for 2020.

The Committee will consist of up to 13 members comprising a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, the Chairperson/nominee of each State based Advisory Committee, and a minimum of three elected members.

More information and the nomination form

Mackay RC water wins Silver Medal

Congratulations to the operators of the Marian WTP in Mackay who were awarded a Silver Medal at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition held in West Viginia, USA.

The municipal water category saw the water from California judged as the best in the world for 2020 just ahead of the Australian sample from the Mackay Regional Council. The winner was the Mission Springs Water District, Desert Hot Springs, California, that has been a multiple medal winner over the years, previously winning in 1999.

The water team at the Mackay Regional Council treat the water  from the headwaters of the Pioneer River which originates in the tropical rainforest of the Eungella National Park and supplies the townships of Marian and Mirani with around 6000 residents in those towns.

These communities can now celebrate after being acknowledged as having the second best water in the world.

The 2020 title of the Ixom Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water will continue in 2020 with state championships throughout the year, culminating in the national title that will be conducted at the  Global Groove outdoor festival in Mackay on Saturday 24 October 2020.

NSW Tamworth heats on Tuesday 31 March, Grand Final on Wednesday 1 April
Water of Origin Toowoomba Wednesday 3 June
Tasmania Hobart Wednesday 22 July
South Australia Murray Bridge Wednesday 5 August
Victoria Bendigo heats on Tuesday 1 September, Grand Final on Wednesday 2 September
Queensland Redlands Wednesday 9 September (conducted by qldwater)
Australian Champion Mackay Saturday 24 October at the Global Grooves Festival





Join the WIOA tour of NZ

WIOA members have an opportunity of a lifetime to participate in a tour of New Zealand water facilities in 2020. It is anticipated the tour will leave Australia on Friday 15 May 2020 and return from New Zealand on Saturday 23 May 2020.

The tour includes the Water Industry Operations Group New Zealand Conference to be held in Napier from 20 to 22 May 2020.






PASS Award Applications Invited

All operational staff are invited to share their in the field innovations & fixes to problems so that others in the water industry can benefit.

The winner will join the WIOA team on their annual operational tour of New Zealand including attendance at the Water Industry Operations Group of NZ annual conference

Applications for the 2020 award will close on 1st March 2020.

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