Morgan water vying for nation’s best tasting tap water

18-10-2017

Morgan water vying for nation’s best tasting tap water

Water produced from SA Water's Morgan Water Treatment Plant is today competing against four other water samples from across the country, with the hope of being crowned 'best tasting tap water in Australia'.

The national competition run by the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) will be hosted by last year's winner TasWater, at Launceston in Tasmania. It's one of many events being run as part of National Water Week.

The winner of the national competition will go on to represent Australia in the international competition held in the United States in early 2018.

SA Water’s Morgan Water Treatment Coordinator James Gorman said after winning WIOA's South Australian competition for the second year running, there's some added confidence going into today's bout.

"All the water we supply across the state is clean and safe, but being based in Morgan and from the Riverland, I can't help feel a bit patriotic and say we produce the best tasting water in South Australia and possibly Australia," James said.

"Having the sample compete at a national level is recognition of the efforts of our small but very hard-working team in Morgan.

"We're up against some tough competition, but I think once the judges taste our water, they'll agree with participants of our blind water taste test 'Take the Tap Test' - which is run across the state each year - who choose Morgan water as their favourite time and time again."

The Morgan Water Treatment Plant treats raw water from the River Murray which is then supplied through the 358 kilometre Morgan to Whyalla Pipeline.

On average, 80 million litres of water goes through the plant every day and is delivered to homes, farms, businesses and large industrial sites from the state’s Mid North and parts of the Riverland all the way to central Eyre Peninsula.

WIOA Chief Operations Officer Craig Mathisen said despite the fun side to the competition, there is a more serious undertone.

"Many of us turn on the tap for a drink of water, to cook or take a shower and give little thought to what it takes to operate and maintain the infrastructure which allows that water to reach our house," Craig said.

"We want to honour the somewhat unsung heroes - the water operators and their teams - who work all year-round to ensure the continued supply of safe, quality water to communities across Australia."

Samples entered into today's competition are taken from water treatment plants at Mount Stromlo in the Australian Capital Territory (Icon Water), Mount Kynock in Queensland (Toowoomba Regional Council), Merrijig in Victoria (Goulburn Valley Water), Morgan in South Australia (SA Water) and through the Lake Fenton Scheme in Tasmania (TasWater).

Community members are invited to come along and taste the water, but the samples will also be judged by a panel of experts from the water industry.

Water from the Morgan Water Treatment Plant will also be on offer in Rundle Mall in the Adelaide CBD this Friday as part of its 'Take the Tap Test' activity.

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