Two weeks ago the town was under water, but yesterday Bundaberg’s Lover’s Walk Scheme was selected as the best tasting tap water in the South East Queensland regional final of the Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.
The competition was judged by conference attendees as part of the Queensland Water Directorate’s water connections tour, and kindly hosted by Gympie Regional Council.
Utilities that battled it out in the first semi-final included Bundaberg Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, Unitywater and Wide Bay Water/ Fraser Coast Regional Council.
qldwater CEO Dave Cameron said he was pleased that utilities from a number flood-affected communities had still been able to enter samples in the test.
“There was only a whisker between each of the top rated samples from Bundaberg, Maroochy, Monto and Gympie supplies but I thought all of the samples were up there. This year we took a different approach with over 30 people participating in the test itself. The result is a great reflection of the pride that all of the entering organisations take in providing a quality product to their communities 24/7, especially following the devastation in the region this year,” Mr Cameron said.
The event provided an opportunity for South East Queensland Water Service Providers to share water management information, and ways of responding to flood events proved to be a strong theme.
“The experience councils like Gympie have in dealing with flood events is invaluable and our members’ willingness to share these experiences is a core strength of our industry. Congratulations to Bundaberg and thanks again to all of our sponsors and speakers for the event,” Mr Cameron said.
Other Regional Conferences and Taste Tests this year include Toowoomba on 17/18 April (SWQ), Townsville on 3 May (NQ), Cooktown on 15 May (FNQ), Longreach on 27 June (WQ) and Rockhampton on 1 August (CQ). For more information please visit http://www.qldwater.com.au/Water_Taste_Test.