Call for Presentations 2020

Share your experiences at a WIOA Conference in 2020.

All water industry personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water-related infrastructure for the management, conveyance, treatment, discharge and reuse of water and trade wastes are invited to submit an abstract for consideration. The technical program will cover various aspects of the industry.

If you have initiatives, ideas or have completed works that could influence the operational aspect of the water industry, there’s no better place to share them than at a WIOA conference in the technical program.

Abstracts can be submitted at any time, check the WIOA website for closing dates,

2020 Conference & Exhibition Dates

WIOA is pleased to announce the 2020 dates for our conference and exhibitions in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

The NSW event will return to Tamworth, the Queensland event will be held in Toowoomba and the Victorian event will once again be conducted in Bendigo.

WIOA 2020 Water Operations Conference and Exhibitions

NSW in Tamworth – Wednesday 1 April & Thursday 2 April
Queensland in Logan – Wednesday 3 June & Thursday 4 June
Victoria in Bendigo – Wednesday 2 September & Thursday 3 September

All WIOA corporate members will be advised on the date that site sales will commence for these events about a week prior.

Further information will be on the WIOA conference website as it becomes available:


Mackay RC wins Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water

Congratulations to the operators of the Marian WTP in Mackay who have been acknowledged as the Ixom 2019 Australia,s Best Tasting Tap Water competition. The voting was very close but the sample representing Queensland from the Mackay Regional Council came out just ahead of the other state champions.

The title was awarded at the 3 Peaks Festival in Dunkeld the home of the 2018 title holder Wannon Water who hosted the national final.

Photos are available from our photo gallery

Network Operator Development Program 2020

Nominations are being accepted for the WIOA 2020 Network Operator Development Program (NODP)

The Network Operator Development Program has been established to identify, mentor and develop future leaders in the Network Operations field across the Victorian Water Industry.

More information including the nominations form is on the WIOA website

SA Operator of the Year Nominations

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for the prestigious South Australian Operator of the Year. The award sponsored by TAFESA provides the opportunity for the winner to 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.

Nominations close on 31 October 2019.

More information


Tasmanian operators recognition opportunity

Consider nominating operational employees who have excelled in the workplace for the prestigious Tasmanian Operator of the Year and Tasmanian Young Operator of the Year award.

Nominations close on 27 September 2019.

More information


Swan Reach WTP wins SA Water Taste Test

Congratulations to the TRILITY operators from the Swan Reach Water Treatment Plant on winning the Ixom 2019 Best Tasting Tap Water in South Australia.  Link to photos of the taste test

Mount Leslie has Tassies top drop

Congratulations to the team from the Mount Leslie WTP who were announced as the winner of the Ixom 2019 Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania.

Grand finalists included Mole Creek, Reatta Road and Rocky Creek that was also acknowledged as being the best new facility.

The sample from the Mount Leslie WTP will be invited to represent Tasmania in the National competition to be held at the 3 Peaks Festival in Dunkeld during National Water Week on 19 October, where WIOA will announce the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia.

Photos of the taste test.


WISE 2019 Exhibition Site Sales Open

The 2nd Water Industry Safety Event (WISE) will be held on Wednesday 9 October in Coburg, Victoria.

Exhibition site sales will be accepted from 1.00 pm on Wednesday 10 July 2019.  Sites are allocated in the order in which applications are received.

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NSW Wins Water of Origin

Congratulations to NSW for the sample supplied by Shoalhaven Water for winning the 2019 Ixom Water of Origin.  The sample from Bamarang WTP will join other states in determining Australia’s Best Tap Water in October during National Water Week.