Livingstone Shire water remains one of the top drops for another year after it came in a close second to Mackay at the 2018 Best Queensland Water Taste Test last week.
Livingstone took home the title at last year’s event and also runner up in 2015, which celebrates Queensland’s quality drinking water, forming part of the qldwater Annual Forum on 5 to 6 September.
Committee Chair for Water Cycle Adam Belot said this award once again proved the high quality of water the Woodbury Water Treatment Plant produced.
“Kelly’s Off Stream Storage at Woodbury is a 1.3 gigalitre reservoir which is supplied with pristine water from a dunal water system at Water Park Creek in Byfield. From there it’s treated at the Woodbury Water Treatment Plant and then pumped to homes and businesses from Yeppoon to Keppel Sands,” Cr Belot said.
“This fantastic achievement is testament to not only the quality of our region’s water, but also the staff at Woodbury Water Treatment Plant who do an amazing job of keeping things running to a high standard for our community.”
Livingstone’s winning water from the 2017 competition was also immortalised earlier this year in a very tasty limited edition craft beer – Livingstone Lager with a tropical twist of Pineapple.
Around 60 forum delegates put their senses to the test during the event, judging entries from around Queensland by colour, odour and taste.
qldwater CEO Dave Cameron said that while the Queensland competition had been running for several years, it has now grown to become a coveted national competition with the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) introducing it in NSW, ACT, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
“The taste test is about more than just how good the water tastes: it is a way to help inform the community about how much effort goes into providing quality drinking water – an essential, sustainable service provided 24/7 by the staff of our local water utilities,” Mr Cameron said.
“It brings together water and sewerage service providers, other industry representatives and government departments to look at ways of dealing with future urban water challenges in a constrained funding environment.”
Previous Queensland taste test winners include:
2017: Livingstone Regional Council
2016: Toowoomba Regional Council
2015: Barcaldine Regional Council
2014: Richmond Shire Council
2013: Cook Shire Council
2012: Burdekin Shire Council
2011: Barcoo Shire Council