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

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

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




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.






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.

More information

WIOA is looking to establish a group of interested members who can help advise and assist WIOA to improve our Diversity & Inclusion.

  • Nominations close Friday 13 December 2019.
  • Successful nominees confirmed by Friday 20 December 2019.

We look forward to working with the Diversity & Inclusion Group to deliver even more services for our Members across the country.






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,

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:


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

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