Australia’s Best Tasting Tap Water is the Best in the World

Water from a small regional town in Tasmania, which was once deemed unsafe for consumption, is now the best tasting in the world.

Water from the Rossarden Water Treatment Plant in the state’s Northern Midlands represented Australia after winning the WIOA –  Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition in 2020.  The top drop has now won the Best Municipal Water for 2021 at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event in West Virginia, USA, a global event that judged water from five continents, 14 countries and 19 US states.

This is the first time water from Australia has won the prestigious award, which is a major coup for the nation and the state.

The Rossarden Water Treatment Plant is run in partnership with water utility services provider TRILITY, which built and designed the facility as part of TasWater’s 24glasses Regional Towns Water Supply Program in 2018.

“It’s a great result for the community and is particularly pleasing because Rossarden was part of our 24glasses Regional Towns Water Supply Program. With the plant in place, the community can take advantage of the water that flows from Ben Lomond knowing it is safe to drink. It’s a welcome bonus to see it recognised as not only the best tasting drinking water in Australia, but now the world.”
TasWater Senior Water System Optimisation Scientist Stephen Westgate

“It’s been a privilege to partner with TasWater and it makes me very proud of TRILITY. Our operators put in a lot of work and it’s a great honour for the team to be recognised as having the best tasting tap water.”
TRILITY Operations Manager, Tasmania, Mark Collins.

Australian World Championship Medals

  • GOLD - 2021 Tasmania

    TasWater/TRILITY, Rossarden WTP

  • SILVER - 2019 Queensland

    Mackay Regional Council – Marian WTP

  • SILVER - 2018 Victoria

    Wannon Water – Hamilton WTP

  • SILVER - 2015 Victoria

    Goulburn Valley Water – Marsville WTP

Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia

2021 State Competitions Schedul

Victorian Taste Test
Entries received on 31 August 2021 at Victoria conference

NSW Taste Test
Entries received on 26 October 2021 at NSW conference

South Australia Taste Test
TBA

Tasmanian Taste Test
TBA

Western Australia Taste Test
TBA

Queensland Taste Test
TBA

Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia
TBA

WIOA’s IXOM Best Tasting Tap Water Competitions celebrate the work undertaken by many WIOA members who work hard behind the scenes for their communities to deliver high-quality drinking across Australia.

Taste Tests Sponsored By

2020 State Competition Winners

New South Wales Taste Test
Won by Wauchope WTP, Port Macquarie Hastings Council

South Australia Taste Test
Won by Woolpunda WTP, SA Water

Tasmanian Taste Test
Won by Rossarden WTP, TasWater – TRILITY

Western Australia Taste Test
Won by Yalgoo WTP, Water Corporation

Queensland Taste Test
Won by Woodbury WTP,  Livingstone Shire Council

Victorian Taste Test
Won by Mildura WTP, Lower Murray Water

For further information contact Craig Mathisen on 0457 846 008 | craig@wioa.org.au

Australian Champions

  • 2020 Tasmania

    TasWater  / TRILITY – Rossarden WTP

  • 2019 Queensland

    Mackay Regional Council – Marian WTP

  • 2018 Victoria

    Wannon Water – Hamilton WTP

  • 2017 Queensland

    Toowoomba Regional Council – Mt Kynoch WTP

  • 2016 Tasmania

    TasWater – Barrigton WTP

  • 2015 Victoria

    Goulburn Valley Water – Marsville WTP

Quotes attributable for the taste test

The general public would probably be surprised to learn the complexities involved in delivering high-quality water to our taps each day.

Many of us turn on taps for a drink, to cook and shower, with little consideration of what it takes to operate and maintain the water infrastructure. The competition is a testament to the excellent quality of Australian water and to the diligence and commitment of the operational employees who deliver it to our communities.

We want to celebrate our unsung heroes – the water operators and the maintenance crews who work all year-round to ensure we have high quality water, which is essential to keep us alive.

Many of WIOA members are working hard behind the scenes for their communities to deliver high quality drinking water, whilst dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 and before that drought, fires and floods in various parts of Australia, and we want to use the Taste Test Competition to let people know the great work that is going on in local communities around Australia as these teams help shape and secure Australia’s water future.

Craig Mathisen, WIOA Chief Operations Officer

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Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia – State Champions

YearNSW/ACTQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoriaWestern Australia
2020Port Macquaire Hastings Council
Wauchope WTP
Livingstone Shire Council
Yeppoon WTP
SA Water
Woolpunda WTP
TasWater – TRILITY
Rossarden WTP
Mildura WTP
Lower Murray Water
Water Corporation
Yalgoo WTP
2019Shoalhaven Water
Bamarang WTP
Mackay Regional Council
Marian WTP
SA Water
Swan Reach WTP
TasWater
Mount Leslie WTP
Barwon Water
Wooree Buloc WTP
Water Corporation
Mundaring WTP
2018Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Port Macquarie WTP
Livingstone Shire Council
Yeppoon WTP
SA Water
Woolpunda WTP
TasWater
Bryn Estyn WTP
(Greater Hobart)
Wannon Water
Hamilton WTP
2017Icon Water
Mt Stomolo WTP
Toowoomba Regional Council
Mt Kynock WTP
SA Water
Morgan WTP
TasWater
Lake Fenton Scheme
Goulburn Valley Water
Merrijig WTP
2016Nambucca Shire Council
Bowraville WTP
Barcaldine Regional Council
Barcaldine WTP
AllWater
Happy Valley WTP
TasWater
Barrington WTP
North East Water
Myrtleford WTP
2015Orange City Council
Icely Road WTP
Richmond Shire Council
Richmond WTP
TasWater
Bicheno WTP
Goulburn Valley Water
Marysville WTP