Residents in the small town of Gregory will be able to sit back and enjoy their cup of tea knowing that they have the best tasting tap water in North West Queensland.
Delegates attending our regional conference in Cloncurry on Friday, 18 May participated in a blind taste-off of five water samples from across North West Queensland, with water from Burke Shire Council's Gregory Water Treatment Plant selected as best in the region as part of the 2018
Burke Shire Council Executive Manager – Works & Infrastructure, Mark Poynter said the winning drop came from the Gregory River and was treated using a conventional treatment process of filtration, chlorination
“Undoubtedly starting with the pristine water of the Gregory River helped us to win this accolade, as did the hard work of our
The other entries were from Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Mornington Island and Burketown.
While the Queensland competition has been running for several years, it has since grown to become a coveted national competition with the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) introducing it in NSW, ACT, South Australia, Victoria
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.
The taste test and regional conference formed part of the Queensland Water Directorate’s thirteenth annual Water Connections Tour, which took representatives from the water industry and state government to visit remote communities and learn more about the issues they faced in providing water and sewerage services.
Starting in Normanton on 14 May, the group
The Water Connections Tour play a crucial part in promoting sector collaboration, showing key decision-makers in government the issues our members are faced with on a daily basis – particularly in remote locations.
Regional providers can be fiscally and operationally challenged and any steps we can take to help government understand community drivers and capacity to pay for services help lead to a smarter regulatory and policy environment.
The tour provided valuable technical information and knowledge exchange, as well as a chance to raise issues, face to face with representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines
We are very happy that the State continues to participate, and as costs increase,