Highlands water "pretty good"

Dan Pymble enjoys a cup of Central Highlands water. He said their water is pretty exceptional.
Dan Pymble enjoys a cup of Central Highlands water. He said their water is pretty exceptional.

THE Central Highlands hasn't got the best, but by no means not the worst water in Central Queensland.

The Central Queensland regional conference and taste test final was held in Emerald on Thursday where Rockhampton Regional Council took the trophy for the best tasting water in this region but was followed closely by Central Highlands and Isaac Regional Councils.

Central Highlands Regional Council's manager of water utilities and one of four judges at the event Dan Pymble was disappointed the Emerald water sample was not a winner.

"We would have loved our water to get better results; I consider our water pretty good out here," Dan said.

He said the water in the region goes through a technical process of sedimentation, filtration and disinfectant.

"There's not a great deal of chemical, the raw water is really good quality so our treated water is of exceptional quality, I think," he said.

Mayor Peter Maguire said he is happy with the water produced.

"I think the staff works hard to keep up the water supply and quality," Cr Maguire said.

"There are times when things don't go to plan, but most of our water supplies are good, we've had different levels of solidity and we've had discolouration issues. But the water supply is not too bad."

Queensland Water acting CEO Dave Cameron said the conference was held to get the regional councils talking and collaborating ideas together.

"They've all got limited budgets and big challenges, but essentially they are the same challenges. Things like trying to deal with the new drinking water guidelines," Mr Cameron said.

"There is a lot of money and time to be saved by talking to each other."

The Water Connections Tour is set to visit three more towns across Queensland before the grand final event to announce the best water in Queensland at the Gold Coast in June.

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