Our top drop is set to travel

Australia's best tasting water is on its way to the USA.

Samples from council’s Marian Water Treatment Plant, which won the Ixom Best Tasting Water in Australia last year, are being packaged today (Tuesday, February 4), ready for their journey to the United States.

The samples will be one of more than 100 waters from around the globe competing at the 30th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting on Saturday, February 22.

Held in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, it is the largest water tasting competition in the world.

Council’s Water Treatment manager, Stuart Boyd, will travel with the samples and represent Mackay at the competition.

Mayor Greg Williamson said it was exciting to be a part of this prestigious competition.

“Being named the best tasting water is testament to council’s entire water services team, and the opportunity to showcase our beautiful water on this international stage is fantastic.

“We know it’s the best, and we’re confident it will stand out against the best waters from around the world.”

Cr Williamson said the source of our water was key to its amazing taste.

“Our water is sourced from the beautiful Pioneer River, which originates in the tropical rainforests of the Eungella National Park and the Crediton State Forest.

“It is then treated at the Marian Water Treatment Plant and distributed to more than 6000 Marian and Mirani residents.

“You don’t need to go to the big capital cities to get the best water. We have it right here in our very own backyard,” he said.

The samples taken from the Marian Water Treatment Plant will be packaged at council’s Water and Waste Scientific and Analytical Services laboratory, 89 Connors Road, Paget.