CHEERS: Councillor Anne Maddern says the Fraser Coast has the best water in the world.
CHEERS: Councillor Anne Maddern says the Fraser Coast has the best water in the world. Contributed

Fraser Coast water takes out top honours in taste test

WATER from one of the Fraser Coast's water treatment plants has won top honours in the Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.

This is despite higher levels of chlorine being detected in Howard's drinking water days before the competition last Thursday.

Unsafe levels of toxic PFAS chemicals were also detected in a water supply in Bundaberg earlier this year.

Delegates attending the Queensland Water Directorate's urban water conference in Bundaberg participated in a blind taste-off of five water samples from across south-east Queensland, using a scientifically proven water wheel to judge entries by colour, odour and taste.

Of the entries, water from the Burgowan Water Treatment Plant won the top honours over other samples from Gin Gin, Eidsvold, Gympie and Teddington.

Councillor Anne Maddern said it was exciting to receive the prestigious recognition.

"We have the best water in the world," Cr Maddern said.

"The council's commercial business unit, Wide Bay Water, manages our region's drinking water supply systems to provide dependable, safe, high-quality water that complies with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

"This is backed up by independent water testing undertaken by Wide Bay Water's National Association of Testing Authorities accredited water laboratory."

A team of skilled operators treat water from the Burrum River, after release from Lake Lenthall, using clarification, filtration, ozone and disinfection before delivery.

The Burgowan water treatment plant supplies drinking water to residents of the greater Hervey Bay, Howard, Torbanlea, Toogoom, Burrum Heads, Dundowran and through to River Heads.

Wide Bay Water and Waste Services acting director Mark Vanner said the taste test recognition was testament to the efforts of the organisation to provide a reliable and high-quality product.

Last week, water mains in Howard were flushed after elevated levels of chlorine were detected by residents.