Killarney clear winner of Best of the Best Taste Test

Water from Southern Downs Regional Council’s Killarney drinking water scheme was the clear winner at qldwater’s Best of the Best Water Taste Test held at the Warwick Show in March.

 Killarney’s winning water is gravity fed from the Spring Creek Weir to the Killarney Water Treatment Plant and an 80 ML off-stream storage dam can be used as a back-up when it’s not possible to use the Creek due to floods or high rain events.

qldwater hosted a community water taste-test to help Southern Downs Regional Council select their top drop to enter in the 2018 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test. With samples from four of Council’s water treatment plants, plus a mystery source, participants in the taste-test were asked to judge the entries by colour, odour and taste using a scientifically proven water wheel.

qldwater started the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test in 2011 to promote the good work done by water service providers in producing a great quality product for their communities 24/7.

It has since grown to become a coveted national competition with the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) introducing it in New South Wales, ACT, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. By no means a technical test, samples are typically measured by what makes a good cup of tea!

Desiré Gralton from the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) said the taste test was a great conversation starter to get people thinking about the importance of water in our communities.

 “We were fortunate to hear many different viewpoints from the Warwick community, and especially the children liked to tell us about the different ways they manage to save water at their homes,” Ms Gralton said.

 “The taste of the water running from our taps are dependent on many factors - where the water comes from, how it’s treated - even how full or empty the dam is could result in different flavours. The taste test allows us to highlight the hard work that goes on in the background in order to deliver a high quality product to our taps each and every day.”

 As with the Stanthorpe event held earlier in the month, less than 25% of people could pick the bottled water sample from the line-up.

 More than 200 people put their taste buds to the test to help Southern Downs Regional Council select their top drop to be entered into the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test later this year.

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