Water Taste Test 2018

Water from Mackay Regional Council’s Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant was selected top drop in the 2018 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test  held at the qldwater Annual Forum on the Gold Coast on Wednesday, 5 September.

Around 60 forum delegates put their senses to the test, judging entries from around Queensland by colour, odour and taste. 

Mackay Regional Council Chief Operating Officer Water and Waste, Dr Nicole Davis, was pleased to accept the trophy on behalf of the Mackay water team.

“This award is a testament to the treatment team and the good work they do in providing top quality drinking water to our communities,” Dr Davis said.

The winning water is sourced from the Pioneer River, and undergoes conventional treatment before being distributed to households and business in Mackay and Sarina.

Runners up were Livingstone Regional Council, whose winning water from the 2017 competition had been immortalised in a very tasty limited edition craft beer – Livingstone Lager with a tropical twist of Pineapple.

The other entries were from Southern Downs Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Veolia Aus NZ (Gold Coast Desalination Plant), Central Highlands Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council and Logan City Council.

In 2018 we also hosted three separate fun regional events as part of the DBYD Water Connections Tour.

The regional winners were: 

Date Host Winner Scheme
18 May Cloncurry Regional Council Burke Shire Council Gregory WTP
18 July Goondiwindi Regional Council Toowoomba Regional Council Mt Kynoch WTP
9 Aug Bundaberg Regional Council Fraser Coast Regional Council Burgowan WTP