Ixom Victorian Water Taste Test



Orange CC2017 Ixom Victorian
Water Taste Test

The search for the the best
tasting water in Victoria?

The Ixom Victorian Water Taste Test is a fun and exciting way to raise awareness of the quality of Victoria's drinking water and to recognise the efforts of local water service providers in delivering valuable water services to their communities.

The award for the Best Tasting Water in Victoria in 2016 was judged and presented as part of the WIOA Water Operations Conference & Exhibition where Northe East Water was announced as having the Best Tasting Water in the State for the sample sourced from the Myrtleford Water Treatment Plant.

IXOM Victorian Water Taste Test Winners

2016 - North East Water
2015 - Goulburn Valley Water
2014 - South Gippsland Water
2013 - East Gippsland Water
2012 - Coliban Water

The 2017 event will again be conducted at the WIOA Victorian Conference and Exhibition to be held in Bendigo with entries needing to be at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

About the IXOM Victorian Taste Test


  1. All water businesses in Victoria are invited to participate in the IXOM Victorian Water Taste Test.
  2. Each water business is asked to nominate one preferred sample for inclusion in the competition.
  3. Where businesses operate multiple water supply systems, the decision regarding which water sample to enter is left up to each water business.
  4. All entries must have incurred no serious state or federal drinking water violations during the past year*.


  1. Samples must be submitted by 4.00pm on Tuesday 5 September 2017 in a clearly marked container with the name of the water business it represents and the location/town from where the sample is derived.
  2. We require 3 litres of the sample water which must be provided in 3 x 1 litre sealed glass containers.
  3. Samples need to be delivered to the conference venue at room temperature. Cooled samples will not be admitted.
  4. Samples will be served at room temperature, to help the judges better taste, appreciate and rank each sample.

Competition Judging


  1. Heats will be conducted at the WIOA Welcome Reception held on the afternoon (from 4.45-6.00pm) of Tuesday 5 September 2017 at the Bendigo conference venue.
  2. The competition will be divided into heats, with entries placed in each heat randomly drawn by WIOA staff.
  3. Each heat will have a heat co-ordinator.
  4. Heat judging will be undertaken by guests at the welcome reception who shall taste all samples and select their most favoured water sample by giving it one vote.
  5. The sample with the most votes will be judged the heat winner and the winner will proceed to the Grand Final to be held on the main stage during the conference lunch break on Thursday afternoon.
  6. In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen by the heat co-ordinator from those that are tied.
  7. The four Grand Finalists will be announced on the Tuesday evening and we would appreciate a representative from each business being available for the main judging at lunch time Thursday.

Grand Final

  1. As with the heats, the origin of each sample will not be revealed. The samples will be judged by a panel nominated by WIOA comprising technical water experts and water industry connoisseurs.
  2. Samples will be judged on a point scale from good to best.
  3. Scores will be aggregated and the winner will be the sample with the highest combined score. The winning water business and water supply location will be announced at the WIOA Conference Awards Dinner on Thursday night.
  4. Only the identity of the four grand finalists and the supplier of the winning sample will be announced – Grand Final or Heat samples will not be ranked, nor will any of the scores be released.
  5. The decision of the judges is final.

*A “serious” water quality incident includes protracted periods of poor water quality or boiled water alerts, an event leading to immediate potential public health risks or other break-down of risk-management protocols.

For more information, please contact Craig Mathisen at WIOA on 03 5821 6744, mobile 0457 846 008 or email craig@wioa.org.au

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Last updated on 04-Oct-2016


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