Lovers Walk tap water hits the spot according to experts

THE Bundaberg region confirmed its claim to the top drop in South East Queensland when attendees at the Queensland Water Directorate's regional conference gave it top scores in the Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.

For the second year in a row, water from Bundaberg's Lovers Walk Scheme was selected as the best tasting tap water in the South East Queensland region, trumping water samples from North Burnett, Unitywater, Queensland Urban Utilities and Gympie.

The taste test is a light-hearted way to promote the hard work of local authorities in delivering quality water services to Queensland communities. The six regional finalists will contest the grand final prize to be held at the Institute of Public Works Engineers Queensland State Conference from October 8-10, 2014.

Queensland Water directorate (qldwater) CEO Dave Cameron said the competition coincided with six regional conferences and an annual Water Connections Tour that aimed to link Queensland water service providers with technical and management expertise to help plan and support their community's future water supply and sewerage infrastructure needs.

"The water industry continues to experience numerous challenges from natural disasters to changes in water regulation that impact the way water service providers, including councils, supply and manage water and wastewater within their communities," Mr Cameron said.

Kindly hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council, the Bargara provided an opportunity for SEQ Water Service Providers to share water management information, and also included a technical tour and site visits to Lovers Walk Ground Water Treatment Plant, Branyan Water Treatment Plant and the Thabeban Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Project.

Mr Cameron said this year's state-wide tour would focus on topics such as local innovation, and streamlining regulatory requirements through the State Government's proposed 30-year strategy for the water industry.

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