PORT Macquarie-Hastings Council are state finalists in the Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.
Held by the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA), the finals take place on Wednesday, October 17, in Toowoomba, Queensland - the state from which last year’s winning sample was taken.
Council's group manager, Duncan Clarke, said PMHC are committed to ensuring that the region’s tap water is of the highest quality.
"We’re proud to have been recognised as supplying water to our community that also tastes great," he said.
"We look forward to hearing the results of the national taste testing competition in the coming week.”
Using a blind taste test approach, samples will be judged on colour, clarity, odour, mouthfeel and taste.
Water providers from various regional and metropolitan areas have participated in state competitions during the year and now each states best tasting tap water will go head to head for the national title.
Winners from other states include, Livingstone Shire Council (Yeppoon), Bryn Estyn (Greater Hobart), SA Water (Woolpunda) and Wannon Water (Hamilton).
The winner of the competition will have bragging rights for the next 12 months and will go on to represent Australia at the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition held in West Virginia, USA.
Craig Mathisen, WIOA Chief Operations Officer, said members of the general public would be surprised to learn the complexities involved in delivering high-quality water to our taps each day.
“The competition is a testament to the excellent quality of Australian water and to the diligence and commitment of the operational employees who deliver it to our communities,” he said.
“Many of us turn on taps for a drink, to cook and shower, with little consideration of what it takes to operate and maintain the water infrastructure.
“We want to celebrate our unsung heroes - the water operators and the maintenance crews who work all year-round to ensure we have high quality water, which is essential to keep us alive.”