Laura Garrett puts Gympie's water under the microscope.
Laura Garrett puts Gympie's water under the microscope. Craig Warhurst

Gympie tap water not rated the best in big taste test

THE famous sand filtered drinking water of Rainbow Beach may have been the state's second top drop last year, but our rankings dropped this time around.

Not even making a place in the regional judging, it seems we were drowned out in the quality stakes by the winner, Bundaberg's Lovers Walk supply system, with Unity Water (Sunshine Coast and Moreton) tying for second place with North Burnett (Monto).

Proving there is no home ground advantage in blind taste testing, a process normally associated with wine judging, Gympie's Jones Hill and Rainbow Beach systems appeared to score somewhere in the middle.

We may never know exactly, because the organiser, Queensland Water Directorate (also known as qldwater) does not want to "emphasise the negative," according to one representative.

Tasters from throughout the region tested anonymous samples from Rainbow Beach, Jones Hill, Hervey Bay, Maroochydore, Wondai, Monto and Bundaberg's Heaps St and Lovers Walk systems .

Queensland Water's Desiree Gralton, Sally Walden and Heather Gold taste the region's treated water.
Queensland Water's Desiree Gralton, Sally Walden and Heather Gold taste the region's treated water. Craig Warhurst

The Orica Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test held its south east Queensland regional finals at Gympie Civic Centre yesterday afternoon.

The quest for the best wholesome drop began as a light-hearted way to promote the work of local authorities in delivering quality water and is now entering its third year of judging.

Queensland Water Directorate CEO Dave Cameron said the 2011 event was a small scale but successful affair, successful enough to prompt a statewide contest last year.

"There is no other industry which is required to provide a food grade product on demand 24-7," he said.

Do you think Gympie's water tastes good?

This poll ended on 22 March 2013.

Current Results

Yes

30%

No

52%

Sometimes

16%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Gympie Times


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