WIN: Sarah Lethbridge, Manager Water & Sewerage Planning, accepting the trophy from Qldwater chief executive Dave Cameron.
WIN: Sarah Lethbridge, Manager Water & Sewerage Planning, accepting the trophy from Qldwater chief executive Dave Cameron.

Pristine Mackay water impresses Queensland

WE all know Mackay is great for many reasons, but now the city can add another feather to its cap.

On Wednesday Mackay took out first place in the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test for the second year in a row.

Tap water entries from across Queensland were judged on colour, odour and taste by about 80 forum delegates at the Queensland Water Directorate’s sixth annual forum at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports & Events Centre.

Besides bragging rights, Qldwater chief executive Dave Cameron said Mackay and the runners up would receive a trophy featuring a mounted piece of copper pipe from Thargomindah in the southwest of the state.

The water in Thargomindah, drawn from a Great Artesian Basin bore, comes out of the ground at 72C and is cooled through evaporative cooling towers and an array of copper pipes submerged in ponds before reticulation.

“The water is aggressive, so the pipes are currently being replaced due to significant corrosion,” Mr Cameron said.

“We are hoping that the winners and runners up of this year’s competition will appreciate this collectors’ item from the west which well demonstrates the diversity and challenges of the state’s drinking water systems.”

The source of the winning water is the headwaters of the Pioneer River which originates in the tropical rainforests of the Eungella National Park and the Crediton State Forest.

It is treated at the Marian Water Treatment Plant which provides water to more than 9000 Marian and Mirani residents.

The plant uses clarification, filtration and chlorine disinfection processes to treat the water to meet the Australian drinking water quality guidelines.

The taste test forms part of the Qldwater Annual Forum on September 11 and 12 that brings together water and sewerage service providers, other industry representatives and government departments to investigate ways of dealing with future urban water challenges.

“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.

Day one of the forum includes a technical tour of Logan Water Alliance infrastructure before a range of local presentations and the annual vendor pitch challenge, with proceeds going to support scholarships for representatives from small and remote councils to attend these forums.



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