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Tasmanian Interest Day & Ixom 2018 Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania

July 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm AEST

Who has the Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania?

Tasmanian water treatment plants were pitted against one another in the 2018 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania competition that was conducted in Launceston on 25 July. Now in its six year of competition, water from treatment plants from around the state were judged by their peers on odour, appearance and taste.

After surviving the heats and going into the grand final against two other Southern Tasmanian samples, the sample from Bryn Eston WTP that provides drinking water to over 200,000 residents in Greater Hobart was judged as having the Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania.

The Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania competition 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.

The 2018 champion was determined at a WIOA operations interest day to be held in Launceston at the Mowbray Racing Centre, Jellico Street, Mowbray.


9.30 Arrival (Tea/Coffee)

9.45 Welcome – Mark Abela (Chair, WIOA Tasmanian Advisory Committee)

9.50 Robert MacDonald – interview with the 2017 Tasmanian YOOTY on his NZ trip

10.05 Keynote Speaker – Professor Nigel Forteith – Water in Nature

10.35 Garry Lanham (TasWater) – Raw water quality issues

10.50 Short break – morning tea

11.05 Matthew Robinson (TasWater) – A New approach to Assessing Water Quality Risk (Combining Best Practice Operations and Health Based Targets)

11.35 Ben Deeley  (Lab Coordinator, TasWater) – ATP Testing at TasWater

12.00 Lunch – sponsored by Hach

12.30 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania Heats

1.00 Sekar Arul (Hach) – Troubleshooting, Maintenance and Operation of Monitoring Equipment

1.35 Jason Barnett – WWTP Optimisation Technical Officer – Wastewater OCP’s

1.55 Kate Blizzard (TasWater) – Training and Staff Development issues

2.20 Penny Griffits (Ixom) – Beyond Chemicals: Ixom Innovation

2.35 George Wall (WIOA) – WIOA Report incorporating the Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania Grand Final

2.55 Announcement of Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Tasmania

3.00 Close of Day


Thanks to our supporters for this day



July 25, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Craig Mathisen
0457 846 008


Tasmania 7250 + Google Map