Richmond Shire Council has taken out the 2014 Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test at the IPWEA Queensland Conference in Caloundra, with the water from its pilot plant being selected as the best by conference delegates through some 440 individual ‘tastes’.

For years Richmond residents have requested that the council improve the quality of water it supplies, complaining of the odour and the staining from the iron and manganese.

The council secured funding of $3.6 million from the State Government to assist in development and installation of a first class water treatment plant for the residents of Richmond. After seeking advice from numerous water experts, the council settled on Aeramix to design and implement the plant.

Richmond Shire Council CEO, Peter Bennett, said the plant will be fully commissioned by December 2014 and will be the perfect Christmas present for the town.

“Council is also conducting a major overhaul of its water mains with $1 million being spent this calendar year. These two projects will ensure that the residents of Richmond will have the best water in Queensland from the end of the year and into the considerable future. This award showcases the hard work the Richmond Shire Council has gone through to get the best result possible.”

qldwater CEO, Dave Cameron, said the IPWEAQ conference provided a great opportunity to showcase Queensland’s best water to councillors and the community.

“While the taste test is about how good tap water tastes, it is also meant to help inform the community about how much effort goes into providing quality drinking water. This is an essential, sustainable service provided 24/7 by the staff of your local water utility.”

“As usual in the state finals, the results were very close and Richmond narrowly pipped Rockhampton to take the honours,” Mr Cameron said.

The taste test forms part of the qldwater on tap campaign, which aims to show our communities the benefits of safe, secure, and sustainable water services, promoting tap water as a smarter choice.

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