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