Well done to Barcaldine Regional Council who has taken out the 2015 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test at our second annual Innovation Forum on Thursday 25 November with the ancient water from the Great Artesian Basin selected as the best through more than 300 individual “tastes.”
Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler said the Taste Test was a great opportunity for Council’s staff to be recognised for the superb job they do in providing top quality water to its residents.
“Council would not be accepting this Award had it not been for the efforts of the team in Barcaldine. Thanks also to the Outback Regional Water Alliance which has assisted many outback Councils with their water services.”
Mayor Chandler is calling on prospective brewers to come and make use of this great-tasting resource, saying “Not only is our water good to drink, it is very good for our teeth and makes exceptional beer. I can just see a brewer making Barcaldine Bitter, Artesian Ale and Black Boar Beers here in town in the future.”
As usual in the state finals, the results were very close and Barcaldine narrowly pipped Livingstone’s Woodbury Water Treatment Plant drop to take the honours.
Barcaldine will take on the NSW winner in the fourth Water of Origin Taste Test to be held at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) Conference in 2016. Queensland has beaten NSW for two years in a row with water from Richmond and Bundaberg beating NSW winners Orange and Bega Valley respectively.
Stop press: Barcaldine won the 2016 Water of Origin Taste Test against NSW and took part in the Australia Wide Competition held in October 2016 which was won by Barrington WTP, Tasmania.