WIOA Chief Operations Officer Craig Mathisen previews the Water Industry Operators
Association of Australia (WIOA) Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia decided at 2pm today

The country’s top drop will be decided as part of the Water Industry Operators
Association of Australia (WIOA) Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia Competition.
Tasmania is hosting the finals after water from TasWater’s Rossarden Water Treatment Plant, in the
state’s Northern Midlands, won the national title in 2020 before taking out the title of the Best
Municipal Water at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event in the USA.
TasWater CEO Mike Brewster said it was an honour to host the national taste testing again this year.
“We hosted the taste testing back in 2017 after we won the national title in 2016 with water from
Barrington,” he said.
“With water from our Rossarden Water Treatment Plant winning the national title last year, we
again have the privilege of helping to decide the next winner.”
“And in a major coup for Tasmania and Australia, Rossarden won the best municipal water in the
world, which was the first time water from Australia had won the prestigious award.”
Water from Rocky Creek, in the Huon Valley, was nominated as this year’s Tasmanian sample.
“Much like Rossarden, water from Rocky Creek had previously been subject to ‘boil water alerts’,
before TasWater upgraded its water treatment process under the 24glasses Regional Towns Water
Supply Program in 2018,” Mr Brewster said.
“It’s a testament to the hard work our staff and contractors did under the program, and the work
they continue to do to ensure safe, clean and good tasting water is provided to their local
communities.”
One of the judges for tomorrow’s taste testing event is the National Chairman of Selectors for the
Australian Men’s International Cricket Team, George Bailey, who said he was looking forward to
deciding on the country’s best tasting tap water.
“Having just finished a successful Ashes series where several tough selection decisions were made, I
am really looking forward to being involved in judging the best tasting tap water in the country,” he
said.
“I’ve spent a lot of time traveling the globe as a cricketer and myself and my family don’t take it for
granted how lucky we are to have amazing natural resources and quality drinking water in our home
state of Tasmania.”