He won’t pass water tips on – says it’s in air
JUDGES described Toowoomba’s water as pleasant with no residual chemical taste and no hint of the musty flavour that marks bore water.
So what is the city in the mountains doing differently? That’s a secret mayor Paul Antonio isn’t prepared to share.
In many regional areas, such as Toowoomba, it’s the council that’s responsible for the water treatment plants.
Councillor Antonio says when Toowoomba residents turn on their taps, the water comes from one of three sources including the volcanic, or basalt, underground aquifers.
“We are getting 25–30% of our water from our basalt aquifers,” Cr Antonio said.
“There’s an expectation that every time residents turn on the tap, only the highest quality water will come out of it and council challenges itself to meet that expectation.
“We have a very good water treatment regime that we take very seriously with very highly skilled people overseeing that process. What’s the secret? Well we can’t tell you that.
“Perhaps it’s the clean air up here.”
◗ Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio.