He won’t pass water tips on – says it’s in air

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND -

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.”

PHOTO: BEV LACEY

◗ Toowoomba mayor Paul An­to­nio.

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