Water from the Mackay region has claimed a silver medal at international tasting titles over the weekend.
The water from the Marian treatment plant received just one vote less than the top drop at the 30th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in West Virginia yesterday.
Named Ixom Best Tasting Water in Australia last year, the Marian mouthful was competing against waters from around the globe in the Municipal Water (tap water) category of the event.
Mackay Regional Council director engineering and commercial infrastructure Jason Devitt, who was in Berkeley Springs for the event, said he was over the moon.
“This is a fantastic outcome. We knew we had high quality water in our region, and to have that confirmed at an international level is so exciting,” he said.
“This is absolutely testament to the entire water treatment team, who all work so hard every day to make sure we can provide the very best water to our community.
“We are also very lucky to have such a high-quality water source in the Pioneer River.”
The gold medal winner for the category was Mission Springs Water District, Desert Hot Springs, California.
Mr Devitt said the Berkeley Springs conference provided the council with the opportunity to showcase the Mackay region to the rest of the world.
“We got to network with some of the leading water suppliers in the world and being crowned second in the world means further publicity for our region,” he said.