Livingstone Shire Council can lay claim to the best tasting tap water in Queensland after a vote at the Queensland Water Directorate’s fourth Annual Forum in Brisbane this month.
Water from its Woodbury Water Treatment Plant was selected as the state’s top drop in the 2017 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.
About 60 forum delegates participated in a blind taste off of six water samples from across Queensland, using a scientifically proven water wheel to judge the entries by colour, odour and taste.
Livingstone Shire councillor for water, waste management and the environment, Adam Belot said the winning drop came from a pristine dunal water system at Waterpark Creek and treated at a conventional water treatment plant.
“As a council, we are committed to providing the highest quality water to residents throughout the Shire,” Cr Belot said.
“Our crystal clear water has long been recognised as being some of the purest water in Australia… and now it’s official! I would like to congratulate the dedicated and professional council team who operate the Woodbury Treatment Plant.”
The runner up was Seqwater’s water from Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant.
qldwater chief executive officer Dave Cameron said that while the Queensland competition had been running for several years, it had grown to become a coveted national competition with the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) introducing it in NSW, ACT, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
“Toowoomba Regional Council have been basking in glory for the past year, taking out the 2016 Queensland title as well as the 2017 Water of Origin against NSW, where Queensland has reigned supreme for the past four years,” Mr Cameron said.
The winning water will go on to compete in the Best Tap Water in Australia competition with the successful entry in that competition representing Australia at the International Water Tasting Competition to be held in the USA in 2018.