Congratulations to Cairns Regional Council who reclaimed the title to the top drop in Far North Queensland when attendees at the Queensland Water Directorate’s regional conference selected water from its Mountain View Water Treatment Plant as the best tasting from nine samples across the region at the 2015 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test on Friday, 8 May 2015.
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the win came as no surprise.
“We are lucky to have some of the best water in Queensland,” Cr Manning said. “And the residents of Mountain View are getting the best of the best.
“This might be one of our smallest catchments, but the quality speaks for itself. With water sourced from a tropical mountain creek, you could not ask for a more pristine water supply.”
Mountain View treatment plan sources water from the Little Mulgrave River and supplies 30 connections in a rural locality to the south-west of Cairns.
Water passes through a 50-micron pre-filter screen then through an additional two sets of bag filters, which screen down to 1-micron (or one thousandth of a millimeter), before passing through a UV disinfection system, and into the water storage reservoirs. Once in the storage reservoirs the water disinfection is automatically sampled, monitored and maintained with residual chlorination up to the delivery through the network to consumers.
The Far North Queensland event also marked the end of the tenth annual Water Connections Tour where representatives from the water industry and state government this year visited remote communities in Far North Queensland to learn more about the issues faced in providing water and sewerage services.
Other regional taste test events for 2015 are scheduled for Barcaldine on 15 June, Ingham on 23 June, St George on 31 July and the Gold Coast on 20 August, culminating in the grand final event on the Sunshine Coast on 5 November.
Kindly hosted by Cairns Regional Council, the Cairns event provided an opportunity for Far North Queensland Water Service Providers to share water management information.