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Finding The Tastiest Water In Queensland

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is aiming to be crowned as having the tastiest water in Queensland next month when it enters the state finals of the Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.

Earlier this month TRC was named as the 2018 South West Queensland winner and will now compete at the Queensland finals on 5 Septemberat the Gold Coast. 
To determine which water to enter in the competition, the Mayor and Councillors have taken part in a taste-off made up from water samples from across the Toowoomba Region.

TRC’s Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Nancy Sommerfield said this was the first time Council had taken this approach with choosing the water to be entered in the finals. “Normally we send a sample from the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant but this year we thought we’d do things a little differently,” she said.

“We had 13 samples from the region and gave each councillor a chance to perform a blind test to decide which sample to send. “Each councillor used a scientifically proven water wheel to judge the entries by colour, odour and taste with the sample from Haden voted as the tastiest.”

Toowoomba Regional Council is a previous winner of the Queensland title, having won it in 2016 and was also named as the Australian winner in 2017. Water and Waste portfolio leader Cr Bill Cahill said Council was proud of these achievements and would continue to ensure the delivery standard remained high.

“Winning awards such as these, reinforces the methods we have in place and is acknowledgement of the work our staff do at TRC,” Cr Cahill said. “Our staff work tirelessly to ensure the water that’s pumped throughout our region is of the highest quality and continually look for new and innovative ways of servicing the region. It’s easy to take something as essential as water for granted but it’s important to remember that it’s the foundational pillar for the entire region’s economy.”

As a result of winning the national title last year, the Toowoomba Region will host the 2018 National Taste Test competition on 18th October. For more information on Council’s Water and Waste Services, visit http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/ or call 131 872.

Submitted by:
Brendan Steinhardt
Principal Media and Strategic Relations
Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
Toowoomba Regional Council

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