Tasmanian water treatment plants are set to battle it out for the title of best tasting tap water in the state at the 2019 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water competition, with the winner going on to represent the state at the national competition in October 2019.
The 2019 champion will be determined at a Water Industry Operators Association Operations interest day to be held in Launceston on 24 July 2019.
Now in its seventh year of competition, water from treatment plants from around the state will be judged by their peers on odour, appearance and taste.
2018’s state winner was from TasWater at its Bryn Estyn (Greater Hobart) water treatment plant who went on to compete in the final.
Over the coming months, water authorities from various regional and metropolitan areas will continue to participate in state heats where water samples will be judged on qualities like colour, clarity, odour and mouthfeel during blind taste tests.
The top drop from each state will be announced throughout the year, before the state winners battle it out for the national title during National Water Week in October.
Wannon Water in South West Victoria, where 2018’s national champion hails from, will host the national title.
The winner of the Ixom 2019 Best Tasting Tap Water competition will have bragging rights for the next 12 months and will go on to represent Australia at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition held in West Virginia, US.
While the competition itself is all in the spirit of good fun there is a meaningful undertone to it, recognising the hard work of those who ensure safe, clean drinking water is available to us, every day.
Ixom’s General Manager of Water, Stephen Rasdell, said that there’s an important reason for Ixom’s involvement in the taste test competition.
“We have been involved in Australian water treatment for some 80 years and are incredibly proud of the work being done in this space. Ixom has the expertise and experience to ensure high-quality drinking water is supplied to homes around Australia,” said Mr Rasdell.
We’re thrilled to be a part of this event and to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and communities in supplying and maintaining exceptional water quality.”
WIOA Chief Operations Officer, Craig Mathisen, said that members of the general public would probably be surprised to learn the complexities involved in delivering high-quality water to taps each day.
“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’ day in, day out,” Mr Mathisen said.
“Many of us turn on taps for a drink, to cook or shower, with little consideration of what it takes to operate and maintain the water infrastructure.
“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.”