The title for the World’s Best Water has gone to a small Australian town.
Rossarden, which is a small town in Tasmania, was once the centre of the state’s mining industry. It has a population of just 50 people.
Last week, Rossarden won the Best Municipal Water for 2021 award at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event held in the US state of West Virginia.
The annual competition is in its 31st year and claims to be the world’s largest and longest-running water-tasting event.
Until three years ago, the town’s drinking water was on a public health notice due to contamination from residual mining operations. But a huge water improvement plan has been completed in Tasmania. The plan saw the installation of 17 new water treatment plants, including the one at Rossarden, and 16 reservoirs.
The results have been outstanding with a huge improvement in water quality across the whole state.
Water from the Rossarden water treatment plant was bottled and sent to the judges in the US.
Nine judges – who are certified water tasters – sampled the entries for odour, visual appeal, taste and texture.
The competition received entries from 19 US states and 14 countries, including New Zealand, Tajikistan, Bosnia and Greece.