We kick of the new decade welcoming a new taste test sponsor! Sigura, previously known as Lonza, have been a long time supporter of the Queensland urban water industry with a track record in providing innovative solutions to our members. The word Sigura means sure, safe, secure, which is an appropriate word to describe the taste test! Read more about the organisation by clicking on the logo below.
qldwater started the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test to promote the good work done by Water Service Providers in producing a great quality product to their communities 24/7. By no means a technical test, it’s what makes local communities proud, typically measured by what makes a good cup of tea.
The water industry continues to experience numerous challenges from natural disasters to changes in water regulation that impact the way water service providers including councils supply and manage water and wastewater within their communities. While the taste test is about how good tap water tastes, it is also meant to help inform the community about how much effort goes into providing clean drinking water; with far greater controls and lower cost than other retail sources like bottled water.
With 75 drinking water service providers around the state - mostly owned and run by local government organisations - and over 300 schemes (or community water supplies), the quest to find the top drop of tap water in Queensland keeps evolving as we trial different formats to decide the winner each year.
In the past we narrowed down the entries through six regional semi-finals, but since 2016 we hosted one statewide event only with attendees at our Annual Forum deciding which service provider produces Queensland's top drop.
We've also had some fun trying a range of different trophies - starting with Lego water treatment plants (unfortunately discontinued by Lego) and having a crack at reusing some old pipes from one of our member organisations out west. This year we return to the much loved glass trophies produced by Brisbane artist Gayle Shaw.
In 2019 we also produced a couple of short videos to stir up excitement about the competition.
Seven Steps to Water Tasting Glory
If your goal is to get your boss to send you on an all-expenses paid gig to the US, then follow our seven steps to water tasting glory.
The Quest to find Queensland’s Best
It’s the wide variety of sources that makes QLD water one of the greatest drinks in the universe, and we’re set to find the best of the best…
Not sure which sample to enter? Download the tasting guidelines and run your own taste test with your colleagues or even within your community to ensure your top drop is entered. Two litres of drinking water for each scheme entered should be brought along on the day.
Read more about previous winners by clicking on the heading for each year.
Winner: Mackay Regional Council's Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant
Winner: Mackay Regional Council’s Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant
Winner: Livingstone Shire Council’s Capricorn Coast Scheme
Winner: Toowoomba Regional Council’s Mt Kynoch Scheme
Winner: Barcaldine Regional Council with water from the Great Artesian Basin
Winner: Richmond Shire Council with water from a pilot water treatment plant
Winner: Cook Shire Council
Winner: Burdekin Shire Council
Winner: Barcoo Shire Council for the Jundah potable water supply