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Merrijig has award winning drop

22 September 2017

It’s official, Merrijig has the Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria!

At the recent Victorian WIOA (Water Industry Operators Association) Conference in Bendigo, water businesses from around the state were invited to participate in the Ixom Victorian Water Taste Test, with one sample acknowledged as providing the best tasting water in Victoria. Using a blind taste test approach and under strict tasting guidelines, water samples were judged for colour, clarity, odour and taste. After making it through some tough rounds of judging, it was announced that water from Goulburn Valley Water’s (GVW) Upper Delatite Water Treatment Plant was the best tasting tap water in the state.  

The Upper Delatite, or Merrijig, Water Treatment Plant, uses micro-filtration technology to supply drinking water to the towns of Merrijig, Sawmill Settlement and Upper Delatite, with raw water for the plant sourced from the Delatite River. GVW Manager Operations Steven Nash said that the award recognises the hard work of a team who ensure safe, clean drinking water is available from our taps every day. “It is a great achievement and acknowledges the work that our dedicated engineers and operators put into producing safe, reliable and great tasting water for our communities.”

Mr Nash also said he was delighted that GVW once again had bragging rights to the title of best tasting tap water. “We won this award in 2015 with water from Marysville before North East Water won the title last year - it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to claim it back in 2017!”

A water sample from the Upper Delatite Water Treatment Plant will now be entered in the national competition to be held in Tasmania in October. “We’re hopeful that the water will also be named Best in the Nation but it will be a pretty tough competition,” Mr Nash said.

GVW will install a Hydration Station at the water treatment plant which is situated near a popular walking track, to acknowledge the town’s award winning water and so that residents and visitors will have free access to the award winning drop.