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Palmer­ston North officially has the coun­try’s best city tap­wa­ter.

Wa­ter, wa­ter ev­ery­where and all is fit to drink.

While the con­tro­versy over the state and qual­ity of lo­cal water­ways con­tin­ues, city res­i­dents can rest as­sured that the di­hy­dro­gen monox­ide com­ing through their pipes is top qual­ity.

Who needs the bot­tled stuff. Palmer­ston North has been ac­knowl­edged for hav­ing the coun­try’s best tast­ing drink­ing wa­ter at the an­nual Wa­ter In­dus­try Op­er­a­tions Group (WIOG) of New Zealand con­fer­ence held in Auck­land last week.

The ‘‘Best in NZ’’ wa­ter ti­tle is keenly con­tested and wa­ter sam­ples from 12 of the coun­try’s coun­cils were sub­mit­ted un­der strict guide­lines to be judged in two heats.

As­sessed on taste, odour and ap­pear­ance, only the best two sam­ples from each heat were ad­vanced to the fi­nal round.

The City Coun­cil’s treat­ment plants man­ager Mike Mon­aghan says he was con­fi­dent Palmer­ston North had great tast­ing high qual­ity wa­ter and was thrilled when the Palmer­ston North sam­ple made it into the fi­nal.

There the sam­ples faced a high­pow­ered judg­ing panel that con­sisted of WIOG’s John Cle­mens; na­tional wa­ter ed­u­ca­tor with Opus, Sarah Croswell; Phil Ec­cles, a busi­ness unit man­ager with IXOM a chem­i­cal sup­plier to the wa­ter in­dus­try, and wa­ter taste expert Udo Van Deven­ter, a brewer with Lion Brew­eries.

‘‘When they read out Palmer­ston North was the win­ner I was over the moon,’’ Mike says.

‘‘I am re­ally proud of my team here in Palmer­ston North, they do an out­stand­ing job at pro­duc­ing the best qual­ity wa­ter.

‘‘It’s a real credit to PNCC and the util­i­ties team.’’

Ray McIn­doe, gen­eral man­ager for City En­ter­prises says the wa­ter sam­ples sent to Auck­land were sourced from the Roberts Line bore in Kelvin Grove.

Wa­ter qual­ity was not the only award given at the con­fer­ence. Wastewater treat­ment tech­ni­cian Elysia But­ler won an award for best tech­ni­cal pa­per.

Elysia’s pre­sen­ta­tion on trade waste anal­y­sis en­ti­tled Ice­berg Anal­y­sis of In­dus­trial Waste – An Oper­a­tors Ex­pe­ri­ence, won her a trip travel to ad­dress the Aus­tralian WIOG con­fer­ence in Vic­to­ria with the same pa­per.

Ray says the high pro­file na­tional recog­ni­tion is a trib­ute to the ded­i­cated staff look­ing af­ter our wa­ter and waste wa­ter treat­ment pro­cesses.

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And the best darn drop of H20 in the coun­try comes from... Palmer­ston North – it’s of­fi­cial, we have the coun­try’s top tap­wa­ter.

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