PROUD WIN: Water treatment supervisor Bill Van Wees and technical officer Michael Dalton.
PROUD WIN: Water treatment supervisor Bill Van Wees and technical officer Michael Dalton. Contributed

Livingstone Shire water tops taste test for all of the state

LESS than two months after Tropical Cyclone Marcia wreaked havoc in Yeppoon, Livingstone Shire Council has won the first regional final of the 2015 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.

The competition took place at the Queensland Water Directorate's Central Queensland regional conference, hosted by Rockhampton Regional Council on April 16.

Those present put their tastebuds to the test to select the best tasting tap water in the region through a blind taste test of six samples from Rockhampton Regional Council (Mount Morgan and Glenmore water treatment plants), Livingstone Shire Council's Marlborough and Woodbury plants, Banana Shire Council's Moura plant and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council's Dawson River scheme.

Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig said his council was committed to the highest quality water to residents.

"The community highly values the pristine water supply that has its source from the dunal-fed aquifer in Byfield National Park and areas north," he said.

"It is well recognised as being some of the purest water in Australia, so it's not surprising that it has won this year's competition. I would also like to congratulate the dedicated and professional council team who operate the Woodbury treatment plant to ensure we have best practice at our treatment facility as well."

Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) CEO Dave Cameron said the event brought together water industry representatives from across the CQ region to share experiences across a range of topics.

"The water industry continues to experience numerous challenges from weather events, removal of subsidies for building new infrastructure, downward pressure on prices, red tape reduction and an aging asset base, all of which impact the way water service providers - including councils - manage water and sewerage within their communities," Mr Cameron said.

"Most customers are happy when the tap works and the toilet flushes and probably only think about who provide these services when they are paying their bills or when something goes wrong. The aim of the taste test is to raise awareness of the hard work that happens behind the scenes to ensure we all have safe, clean drinking water when we turn on the tap.

"Our conferences this year focus on customers, innovation to reduce costs and industry skills and capacity."

With 75 drinking water service providers around the state - mostly owned and run by local government organisations and about 300 schemes (or community water supplies), the quest to find the top drop of tap water in Queensland is divided into six regional semi-finals before the final six go head to head at a state finals event in November 2015.

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