It’s déjà vu as Marian water wins top drop

Published: 22 Sep 2021

Mackay region water has proven its title of best tasting tap water in Queensland is no fluke – taking out the title for the third time in four years.

Water from our Marian Water Treatment Plant won the title at the annual water tasting competition, held at the QLD Water Directorate Forum in Brisbane on September 8.

Water samples from across Queensland were put to a blind taste test, where they are judged on taste, colour and smell.

Mayor Greg Williamson was presented with the winning trophy at today’s council meeting by Water Treatment Plant coordinator Brian Woods and operator Michael Hills.

Mayor Williamson said it was no accident that our water continued to win top drop.

“We are so fortunate to source our water from the beautiful Pioneer River, which originates in the tropical rainforests of the Eungella National Park and the Crediton State Forest,” he said.

“This win is also a credit to our water treatment team, who continue to work hard to ensure more than 6000 Marian and Mirani resident receive the very best tasting water.”

The Marian water will now compete against national water utilities at the Ixom Best Tasting Tap Water In Australia in early 2022.

Marian Water Treatment Plant water also won Queensland’s top drop in 2019. It went on to win Australia’s best tasting water in 2019 and came second – by just one vote – in an international taste testing in the USA in 2020.

Water from Mackay’s Nebo Road Water Treat Plant was named best in Queensland in 2018.