Water from the Bundaberg East scheme finished a close second in the 2021 Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.
Announced at the recent qldwater state conference, the Bundaberg East water was just pipped at the post by Mackay Regional Council’s Marian Water Treatment Plant which claimed top drop.
Bundaberg Regional Council Water and Wastewater portfolio spokesperson Cr Jason Bartels said it was a great result for the entire water services team.
“There is a lot of people involved in the water treatment process behind the scenes to ensure our community has access to reliable, safe and clean drinking water,” Cr Bartels.
“This recognition that it also tastes good is a credit to the entire team.
“We are certainly thankful for the staff that are dedicated to providing this quality of water to our community.”
It was the first time Council had put forward the Bundaberg East water for judging, having previously won awards for its Lovers Walk Scheme water.
Now in its tenth year, the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test competition aims to celebrate the achievements of the state’s water service providers and to promote healthy rivalry.
Qldwater launched the quest to find the state’s top drop of tap water among the state’s 75 drinking water service providers which includes over 300 schemes (or community water supplies).
Entry into the competition was optional, with seven regions fighting it out in 2021, judged by the water services professionals in attendance at the event.
Qldwater CEO Dave Cameron said the taste test was 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.