Less than two months after Tropical Cyclone Marcia wreaked havoc in Yeppoon, Livingstone Shire Council has taken out the first regional final of the 2015 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.
The competition took place at the Queensland Water Directorate’s Central Queensland regional conference, kindly hosted by Rockhampton Regional Council on Thursday, 16 April 2015.
Conference attendees put their taste buds to the test with a mission to select the best tasting tap water in the region through a blind taste test of six samples from Rockhampton Regional Council (Mount Morgan and Glenmore Water Treatment Plants), Livingstone Shire Council’s Marlborough and Woodbury Water Treatment Plants, Banana Shire Council’s Moura Water Treatment Plant and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council’s Dawson River Scheme.
Mayor of Livingstone Shire, Bill Ludwig said Council is committed to providing the highest quality water to residents throughout the Shire.
“The community highly values the pristine water supply that has its source from the dunal fed aquifer in Byfield National Park and areas north. It is well recognised as being some of the purest water in Australia so it is not surprising that it has won this year’s competition. I would also like to congratulate the dedicated and professional Council team who operate the Woodbury Treatment Plant to ensure we have best practice at our treatment facility as well.”
Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) CEO, Dave Cameron, said the event brought together water industry representatives from across the Central Queensland region to share experiences across a range of topics.
“The water industry continues to experience numerous challenges from weather events, removal of subsidies for building new infrastructure, downward pressure on prices, red tape reduction and an ageing asset base, all of which impact the way water service providers – including councils – manage water and sewerage within their communities,” Mr Cameron said.
“Most customers are happy when the tap works and the toilet flushes and probably only think about who provide these services when they are paying their bills or when something goes wrong. The aim of the taste test is to raise awareness of the hard work that happens behind the scenes to ensure we all have safe, clean drinking water when we turn on the tap – irrespective of what mother nature throws at us.”
“Our conferences this year focus on customers, innovation to reduce costs and industry skills and capacity. Industry collaboration in Queensland is exceptional and the events we have held in Rockhampton have been some of the best anywhere.”
With 75 drinking water service providers around the state – mostly owned and run by local government organisations – and over 300 schemes (or community water supplies), the quest to find the top drop of tap water in Queensland is divided into six regional semi-finals before the final six go head to head at a State Finals event in November 2015.
With the taste test now crossing borders into NSW, the overall winner of the 2015 Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test, Richmond Shire Council, will take on NSW winner Orange City Council at the Water of Origin taste test event to be held at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) Queensland Conference in Toowoomba on 17 & 18 June 2015.