Hamilton's water is the state's best

05 September 2018

It's official! Hamilton has been selected as having the best tasting tap water in Victoria.

Judges at the annual Water Industry Operators Association conference in Bendigo announced the result today.

The winning sample was supplied by Wannon Water's Hamilton Water Treatment Plant and was one of 16 entered by Victoria’s water corporations.

The Hamilton water was one of four samples to be shortlisted as a finalist, along with samples from North East Water, Coliban Water and Falls Creek.

Four judges conducted a blind taste test, scoring the samples against a range of criteria including colour, clarity, odour and mouthfeel, with Hamilton coming out tops. 

Hamilton water award

Hamilton treatment operations officer Noel Kenny, left, and  coordinator Tim Holmes celebrate Wannon Water's win


Wannon Water Managing Director Andrew Jeffers said the result was a credit to the local team who operated the Hamilton Water Treatment Plant.

“It honours their hard work to ensure safe, clean drinking water is delivered to customers' taps,” Mr Jeffers said.

“Ten years ago during the Millennium drought, the treatment plant was struggling to produce great tasting and reliable water. Since that time, we’ve invested in upgrades, used more selective water harvesting methods and modified some of our operations to produce the state’s best water.

“The award is a real celebration of the complex work our dedicated operators perform every day.”

Hamilton water testing

The award recognises the complex work by Wannon Water employees to ensure safe, clean drinking water is delivered to customers' taps every day.


The water supplied to the Hamilton Water Treatment Plant is sourced from streams in the southern Grampians catchment. Once treated, it is distributed to properties in Hamilton, Tarrington and Dunkeld.

It is the first time Wannon Water has won the title. A sample from Hamilton will now go on to represent Victoria at the national competition in Toowoomba, Queensland, later this year.