Fraser Coast water tops SEQ taste test
Fraser Coast Regional Council (FCRC) has taken out bragging rights in the South East Queensland region with water from the Burgowan Water Treatment Plant claiming regional honours in the Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.
Delegates attending our urban water conference in Bundaberg on Thursday 9 August participated in a blind taste-off of five water samples from across South East Queensland, using a scientifically proven water wheel to judge the entries by colour, odour and taste.
The other entries were from Gin Gin (Bundaberg Regional Council), Eidsvold (North Burnett Regional Council), Gympie (Gympie Regional Council) and Teddington/ Maryborough (Fraser Coast Regional Council).
Councillor Anne Maddern said FCRC was excited to receive this prestigious recognition for the substantial effort and pride it takes in providing high quality drinking water to its residents.
“We have the best water in the World!” Councillor Anne Maddern said.
Acting Director Wide Bay Water and Waste Services Mark Vanner said “This is a great result and testament to the efforts of our organisation to provide a reliable and high quality product to our customers.”
The Burgowan Water Treatment Plant supplies drinking water to residents of the greater Hervey Bay, Howard, Torbanlea, Toogoom, Burrum Heads, Dundowran and through to River Heads.
A team of highly dedicated and skilled operators treat water from the Burrum River, after release from Lake Lenthall, using clarification, filtration, ozone and disinfection before delivery to the Fraser Coast Community.
Dave Cameron, qldwater CEO, said that while the Queensland competition had been running for several years, it had 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.
The taste test and regional conference formed part of the Queensland Water Directorate’s thirteenth annual Water Connections Tour, which play a crucial part in promoting sector collaboration, links with suppliers and showing key decision-makers in government the issues our members are faced with on a daily basis.