Queensland council beats NSW rival for top tasting water

Mackay Regional Council in Queensland has beaten NSW’s Shoalhaven City Council in a competition for the best tasting tap water.

WIOA Managing Director Michael Wall

The competition, billed the ‘State of Water’ challenge between the two states, was announced this week as part of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) best Tasting Tap Water in Australia awards.

In deciding a winner,  judges considered  colour, clarity, odour and taste.

After tasting samples, Mackay’s entry from its Nebo Road Plant was considered superior to Shoalhaven City Council’s offering from the Bamarang Plant.

Other state- based winners will be announced in coming months with the national title to be awarded in November.

Mackay will be hoping for its second national title after winning the  2019 award.

Last year’s national title was won by Melbourne Water’s Cresswell Water Treatment Plant.

The awards are designed to recognise the expense and hard work that goes into delivering household water, WIOA managing director George Wall said.

“The competition recognises and acknowledges the individuals and organisations that are stepping up, some in very trying circumstances, to make sure their communities are supplied with safe drinking water every day,” Mr Wall said.

“We want to use the competition to let people know the great work that is going on in local communities around Australia, and help to shape and secure Australia’s water future.”

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