Toowoomba’s tap water has won the popular vote to be judged Australia’s best at an industry competition in Tasmania.
Water from Toowoomba Regional Council’s (TRC) Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant today was named the IXOM 2017 Best Tap Water in Australia during National Water Week at Launceston.
Toowoomba’s water will now go on to represent Australia at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition in West Virginia, USA in February 2018.
TRC’s Toowoomba Water Operations coordinator David Frizzell is attending the competition and Water Industry Operators’ Association national conference.
A 10 litre sample from the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant won the popular vote with more than 120 people tasting and then rating each of the unmarked state winners in Launceston’s mall.
TRC Water and Waste Committee chair Cr Nancy Sommerfield said the national title was a stunning achievement.
“Council is very proud that a sample of water from the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant earlier this year was named Queensland’s best tasting water and then the winner of the Origin water tasting competition,” Cr Sommerfield said.
“Our water also is a two-time winner of the South West Queensland award for best tasting tap water. So, to now win the award for best tasting water in Australia is a huge achievement.”
Cr Sommerfield said water treated at the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant underwent extensive sampling and scientific testing each day to ensure all safety guidelines were met.
“The Mt Kynoch facility treats drinking water for 54,100 properties that are connected to the Toowoomba Bulk Water Supply network,” Cr Sommerfield said.
“This supplies drinking water for Toowoomba and surrounding towns of Oakey, Jondaryan, Highfields, Kingsthorpe, Gowrie Junction, Meringandan, Wyreema, Westbrook and Goombungee.
“It is worth noting, that water from all three dams (Cooby, Perseverance and Cressbrook) has to be pumped uphill (some around 500m). Electricity is a major input cost, along with the ongoing upkeep of the water supply network.
“The provision of a safe and secure water supply is one of Council’s top responsibilities.
“A clean, sustainable water supply is vital for our health and one of the most important issues facing the region. “
TRC Water and Waste portfolio leader Cr Bill Cahill said all awards were a fine tribute to the professionalism of Water Operations officers.
Cr Cahill said water operators and laboratory technicians at Mt Kynoch tested water samples daily to ensure residents had a safe and secure drinking water supply.
“The national title win is a fitting reward for the attention to detail and dedication of all the staff who monitor all drinking water supplies,” Cr Cahill said.
“The Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant treats around 25 ML per day in cooler months (equivalent to 10 Olympic swimming pools) and up to 53 ML per day in warmer months.
“Following testing of the dams to determine the best source of available water, water then undergoes a four-step chemical test for metals (iron and manganese) and a simultaneous biological test to detect micro organisms such as E. coli.
“Any abnormalities automatically trigger additional testing and any necessary remedial action.
“The provision of safe and reliable water is vital to ensuring Council can underpin ongoing residential and other development well into the future."
Caption: Top: TRC’s Toowoomba Water Operations coordinator David Frizzell with the national title trophy.
TRC Water Operations manager John Mills (left), TRC Water and Waste Committee chair Cr Nancy Sommerfield and TRC Water and Waste portfolio leader Cr Bill Cahill with the sample of Mt Kynoch water that earlier this year won the Water of Origin competition at Logan. A sample from the plant has won the Australian title.