Australia’s Best Drinking Water Is In Tasmania And The NT

Our post asking where Australia’s worst tap water produced a wide range of candidates. But there was a lot of agreement on the two areas where tap water is really good: Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

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Many commenters pointed out that there are variables other than the city you’re in which influence water quality, including your distance from the nearest treatment plant and the age of the pipes in your house. If there was one dominant message, however, it was that Tasmania and the Northern Territory have excellent supplies. Stove’s comment is pretty typical:

Each time I visit Tasmania, I’m shocked as to how good the tap water tastes. I don’t know how bottled water companies manage to sell anything over there.

That outcome is of course not entirely surprising, as a much lower density of population means less strain on the infrastructure. Nonetheless, I’m tempted to head to Tassie and test a glass or two myself.

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