Water has varying taste, and if you don’t believe me it’s probably because you’re rich and drink like, 4,000 percent twice distilled filtered through crystals water. So it’s not actually completely unhinged that a water tasting competition went down in Australia this weekend – and Mackay, QLD took out the top spot.

Yep, if you live in Mackay you can safely say you’ve got the tastiest drinking water. Well, kind of – it’s not like they tested water from every single possible tap in the country. Instead, tap water samples were taken from each state – Nowra, in New South Wales, Launceston, Tasmania, Swan Reach, in South Australia, Geelong, in Victoria, Mackay, in Queensland and Perth, Western Australia. These were then blind-tested by punters at a festival in Dunkeld, VIC.

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???? Top drop! Mackay’s best tasting water is heading to Victoria this weekend for the IXOM Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition. We have two shots at the title after winning the Best Tasting Water in Queensland two years in a row! From our Nebo Road Water Treatment plant in 2018 and our Marian Water Treatment Plant this year. Tune in to Weekend Sunrise tomorrow morning where they will conduct a live taste test prior to the official competition! The event, hosted by the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia – WIOA, will see entrants from each state submit a sample for a blind taste test. Congratulations and good luck to all competitors: ????NSW Shoalhaven Water, Bamarang WTP ????Tasmania TasWater, Mount Leslie WTP ????South Australia SA Water, Swan Reach WTP ????Victoria – Barwon Water, Wurdee Boluc WTP ????Queensland – Mackay Regional Council, Nebo Road WTP ????Western Australia – Water Corporation, Mundaring WTP #MackayPride

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“The vernacular is similar to a wine tasting competition, Craig Mathisen, organiser of the comp, told ABC. “There may be an earthiness to the sample, or a fishiness, if it’s come from a coastal area. In between samples, we actually get people to smell some coffee beans to neutralize their palette.”

Craig takes this shit seriously – he even kept the sample containers in his hotel room overnight to ensure no one tampered with them.

The Mackay water that won was specifically from the Marian Water Treatment plant. Mackay water will now go on to represent Australia (yes, really) at the Berkeley Springs International Tap Water Tasting competition in the US next year.