27 August 2018


Goulburn Valley Water has chosen Numurkah’s drinking water as their entry into the 2018 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria run by Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA). 

Using a blind taste test approach, samples will be judged on colour (water should be translucent without any white or brown tones), clarity (crystal clear water is preferred), odour and taste.

Winning entries from each state’s Ixom Water Taste Tests are then judged at the national competition, with the winner going on to represent Australia on an international stage.

Goulburn Valley Water believes that Numurkah’s water, sourced from the new treatment plant on O’Kanes Rd, meets these criteria and has a good chance of taking out the honour.

The $6.29m plant supplies Numurkah with up to 10 ML of water a day and will ensure a secure water supply for many years to come.

Goulburn Valley Water Manager Operations Steven Nash said the improved, high quality water from Numurkah was something to recognise.

“GVW has carried out significant upgrades at Numurkah, including sourcing a new raw water supply from the Murray River and constructing a new raw water storage facility, as well as building the new treatment plant with increased treatment options, to ensure the water from the Numurkah is high quality, safe to drink and tastes great,” he said.

“We’re proud of the work our team has put in to deliver some of the best tasting water in the region and we think the Numurkah community should be proud of their water as well.”

Although competition is tough, this event is really a celebration of the fact that some of the best tasting and safest water in the world is produced right here in Australia by people who have a great passion for their jobs.

The competition puts a spotlight on the friendly rivalry among water providers and their operators who continually produce high quality, safe, drinking water for their communities.

Goulburn Valley Water was awarded the 2017 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Victoria for its water from Merrijig and the 2015 Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia for its water from Marysville.

Winners for the 2018 Victorian competition will be announced next week at the WIOA Victorian conference in Bendigo.

GVW encourages Numurkah residents who have noticed an improvement in their water supply to let us know through our Customer Service Centre by phoning 1800 454 500.