Toowoomba tap water has been voted top drop at an industry competition in Tasmania.
Water from Toowoomba Regional Council’s Mt Kynoch water treatment plant was named IXOM 2017 Best Tap Water in Australia after a blind taste test during National Water Week at Launceston.
It will go on to represent Australia at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition in West Virginia, USA in February 2018.
TRC water and waste committee chair Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the national title was a stunning achievement.
“Council is very proud that a sample of water from the Mt Kynoch water treatment plant earlier this year was named Queensland’s best tasting water and then the winner of the Origin water tasting competition,” Cr Sommerfield said.
“Our water also is a two-time winner of the South West Queensland award for best tasting tap water. So, to now win the award for best tasting water in Australia is a huge achievement.”
Cr Sommerfield said water treated at the Mt Kynoch water treatment plant underwent extensive sampling and scientific testing each day to ensure all safety guidelines were met.
“The Mt Kynoch facility treats drinking water for 54,100 properties that are connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply network,” Cr Sommerfield said.
“This supplies drinking water for Toowoomba and surrounding towns of Oakey, Jondaryan, Highfields, Kingsthorpe, Gowrie Junction, Meringandan, Wyreema, Westbrook and Goombungee.
“It is worth noting, that water from all three dams (Cooby, Perseverance and Cressbrook) has to be pumped uphill (some around 500m). Electricity is a major input cost, along with the ongoing upkeep of the water supply network.”