An annual competition has awarded a Canberra-based utility the title of “best-tasting water in NSW and ACT”.
The ACT’s sole water provider Icon Water beat out more than 20 other utilities to take home the top spot in the annual NSW/ACT Ixom Best Tap Water competition. MidCoast Water and Port Macquarie Hastings were the two runners-up.
Judges tested samples on three key criteria: “Turbidity, which is the colour and look of the water; the odour of the water; and obviously the taste,” said judge Jarryd Millard.
Staff from Icon Water were very pleased with the results, according to Manager Robert Allen.
“We don’t have to run a complex chemical removal process in order to get high-quality drinking water to the Canberra public,” he said.
“What makes our water so good is the quality of the catchment water we get – it comes out of the Cotter area, it is crystal clear … It doesn’t have an underlying chemical taste. It is refreshing to drink, almost sweet. It tastes like pure water.”
Icon Water will now represent NSW/ACT in the Water of Origin competition against Queensland in June, as well as the national water competition in October.
Allen said he was confident Icon Water had a shot at the national title.
“Bring it on. I think we have got a pretty good chance to go all the way with this one,” he said.
The annual competition aims to celebrate the efforts of providers to generate top-quality drinking water for Australians.