Sep 14, 2020

Livingstone Shire officially home to state’s top drop

Livingstone Shire officially home to state’s top drop Councillors Andrea Friend and Tanya Lynch celebrate the win with Livingstone Shire Council water quality officer Michael Dalton.

Livingstone Shire Council can lay claim to producing the State’s top drop after taking honours at the 2020 Sigura Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.

The winning water was sourced from a pristine dunal water system at Waterpark Creek and treated at Woodbury Water Treatment Plant, the council said.

It went head to head with other tap water samples from across Queensland in a blind taste-off lat elast week.

Usually hosted in conjunction with the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) Annual Forum, the 2020 COVID19-version of the taste test included a fun and interactive online trivia session with members dialling in from all across the state as a panel of judges made their way through the samples, interrogating the 10 entries received from around Queensland by colour, odour and taste.

Portfolio holder for Water, Waste Management and the Environment, Councillor Andrea Friend, said this was a fantastic outcome for the shire and a testament to the dedication, passion, and hard work of the water treatment plant team.

“Council is thrilled to be named Queensland winner a second time since the awards were established and is extremely proud and committed to providing the Livingstone Shire community with clean, potable, high quality water,” Cr Friend said. 

“I would like to commend the dedicated and professional Council team which operates the Woodbury Treatment Plant. The team is constantly striving to maintain the highest quality water for our residents and best practice treatment techniques and continue to achieve fantastic outcomes for our community.”

This is the 9th time a qldwater state-wide taste test has been conducted with the first major competition held back in 2012. 

Coming in at a close second place, reigning champions Mackay Regional Council was knocked off its perch after a string of wins including the Queensland Water Taste Test in 2018 and 2019, the 5th national Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water and then winning silver at the 2020 International Water Tasting Competition in Berkeley Springs, USA.

Toowoomba Regional Council also made it to Berkeley Springs in 2018, first taking out the 2016 Queensland title, then the 2017 Water of Origin against NSW before finally claiming the Ixom Best Tap Water in Australia competition in 2017 and representing Australia at the world event.