qldwater started the Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test to promote the good work done by the Water Service Providers in producing a great quality product to their communities 24/7. By no means a technical test, it’s what makes local communities proud, typically measured by what makes a good cup of tea.
The water industry continues to experience numerous challenges from natural disasters to changes in water regulation that impacts the way water service providers including councils supply and manage water and wastewater within their communities. While the taste test is about how good tap water tastes, it is also meant to help inform the community over time about how much effort goes into providing clean drinking water; with far greater controls and lower cost than other retail sources like bottled water.
With 75 drinking water service providers around the state - mostly owned and run by local government organisations - and over 300 schemes (or community water supplies), the quest to find the top drop of tap water in Queensland keeps evolving as we trial different formats to decide the winner each year.
In the past we narrowed down the entries through six regional semi-finals, but in 2016 we hosted the mother of all taste tests, allowing participants at our premier event to decide which service provider produces Queensland's top drop.
The 2016 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test took place Wednesday, 14 September as part of the 2016 Urban Water Industry Innovation Event, with Toowoomba Regional Council's Mt Kynoch Scheme taking out the title.
The 2017 competition, again kindly sponsored by Ixom, will take place at the 2017 Annual Forum on Wednesday, 6 September 2017. Service Providers can enter up to two samples from different schemes to increase their odds at winning.
Not sure which ones to enter? Download the tasting guidelines and run your own taste test with your colleagues or even within your community to ensure your top drop is entered. Two litres of drinking water for each scheme entered should be brought along on the day.
Download the 2017 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test Entry Form here:
Water Taste Test Entry Form 2017 - Release Date 05-Sep-2017: - Entry form for the 2017 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test. (443KB)
Water of Origin
The success of the Queensland Taste Tests sparked a wider competition run by the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) where Queensland and NSW taste test winners battle it out in the annual Water of Origin event.
We are pleased to announce that the blues have lost the taste test for the fourth time in a row with the panel of judges awarding bragging rights to Toowoomba Regional Council's Mt Kynoch water sample over Icon Water (ACT)!
We congratulate Toowoomba Regional Council (John Mills above) and their hard working operators. The Mt Kynoch water will now go on to compete in the Best Tap Water in Australia Competition, with the winner going on to represent Australia at the International Water Tasting Competition to be held in the USA.
Read more about the evolution of the taste test and the regional winners from the menu above.