Queenslanders devastated by the first State of Origin game loss to NSW can revel in the knowledge that we have some of the best tasting water in the country!
Bundaberg Regional Council (BRC) last week laid claim to the “top drop” title when attendees at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) Conference in Logan gave its sample top scores in the 2014 Orica Australia Water of Origin Water Taste Test, beating the 2014 NSW Taste Test Winner, Bega Valley Shire Council.
The taste test is a light-hearted way to promote the hard work of local authorities in delivering quality water services to Queensland and NSW communities. The taste test competition started in Queensland in 2011 and this is the second year WIOA had taken advantage of strong interstate rivalry to promote the industry, with support from Orica.
The winning sample from Bundaberg’s “Lover’s Walk” scheme was a last minute entry due to difficulties in transporting the sample from 2013 winner Cooktown, however as Bundaberg was last year’s state-wide runner up and winner of two regional finals we knew we had something good.
In the 2013 Origin our sample from Ayr went down to Taree by a whisker and with due respect to our colleagues in NSW, even NRL refereeing couldn’t have made a difference to the result with a margin like this year’s. I only hope the Maroons can replicate our form for Game 2!
Bundaberg Regional Council, Water and Wastewater Manager of Process Operations Mr Jeff Rohdmann was thrilled with the result. Certainly the award was well received by the team and draws attention to the great work they undertake to provide a quality 24/7 service to the community.
The Queensland regional taste tests coincide with six regional conferences and an annual Water Connections Tour that aimed to link Queensland water service providers with technical and management expertise to help plan and support their community’s future water supply and sewerage infrastructure needs.
The remaining regional events in 2014 include Gladstone on 13 June, Mackay on 29 July, Mount Isa on 29 August and Innisfail on 21 August with the Queensland State final in October in Caloundra.