qldwater started the Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test to promote the good work done by 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 impact 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 and 2017 we hosted one statewide event only with attendees at our Annual Forum deciding which service provider produces Queensland's top drop.
In 2018 we hosted three separate fun regional events as part of the DBYD Water Connections Tour and a single Statewide mega-competition to be held at the qldwater Annual Forum.
The regional winners were:
||Cloncurry Regional Council
||Burke Shire Council
||Goondiwindi Regional Council
||Toowoomba Regional Council
||Mt Kynoch WTP
||Bundaberg Regional Council
|| Fraser Coast Regional Council
|| Burgowan WTP
The State Finals on Wednesday, 5 September will take place from 12.30 to 13.30 at the Gold Coast Turf Club as part of the qldwater Annual Forum.
We thank our ongoing taste test sponsor, Ixom, for their support over the years.
Download the 2018 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test Entry Form here:
Water Taste Test Entry Form 2018 - Release Date 06-Apr-2018: - Entry Form for the 2018 Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test. (279KB)
Not sure which sample 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.