The quest to find Queensland's best!

The 2016 event was bigger than ever! 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.

In the past we narrowed down the entries through six regional semi-finals but this year we hosted the mother of all taste tests, allowing participants at our premier event to decide which service provider produces Queensland's top drop.

You have to be in it to win it! 

Service Providers can enter up to two samples from different schemes to increase their odds at winning. Download the tasting guidelines and run your own taste test with your colleagues or even within your community to ensure you enter your tastiest samples. 

Once you've selected your top drop, please complete the entry form to give us an idea of the amount of samples to expect. Two litres of drinking water for each scheme entered should be brought along on the day.

About the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test

qldwater started the Best of the Ixom 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. 

Read more about the evolution of the taste test and the regional winners from the links on the right.   

Well, the 2016 competition has finished with Toowoomba Regional Council's Mt Kynoch Scheme taking out the title.  Watch this space for news on the 2017 competition which will be again kindly sponsored by Ixom.

Update:  The blues have lost the taste test for the 4th time in a row with the panel of judges at WIOA’s 42nd Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference awarding bragging rights to Toowoomba Regional Council's Mt Kynoch water sample over Icon Water (ACT).  More information and photograph of the winner is here.

We congratulate Toowoomba Regional Council who 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.