New Norfolk’s tap water tops state
NEW Norfolk now holds bragging rights for Tasmania’s best tasting tap water — three years after the Bryn Estyn water treatment plant was carbon dosed to address its foul tasting water.
While eight towns across the state remain on boil water alerts, samples from 14 treatment plants across Tasmania were judged on taste, appearance, odour, and mouth-feel at the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia state heats on Wednesday.
Winner of the award in the competitions sixth year, New Norfolk’s Bryn Estyn Water Treatment Plant will now represent Tasmania at the national WIOA competition in Queensland during October.
TasWater’s Benjamin Button, who accepted the award, said the win highlighted the quality water accessible to Tasmanians.
“The win is a very good result for the region, following some testing times in the past,” he said.
TasWater received complaints from 500 customers about poor water quality from the greater Hobart area In 2015,
The problem was caused by algal blooms in the Derwent River creating the compounds geosmin and methylisoborneol. It forced TasWater to carbon dose the water at the Bryn Estyn Plan.
Mr Button said Tasmania now had some of the best drinking water in the world.
“It was great for the state’s south to see the Glen Huon and Hobart mountain water quality also acknowledged at the competition.”
He said TasWater was working hard to address a number of the state’s towns affected by boil water alerts.
“Unfortunately for some people across Tasmania, their water isn’t up to standard, but TasWater is working hard to ensure a solution can be found,” he said.
WIOA chief operations officer Craig Mathisen said the water quality competition un- derlined the hard work by staff at Australia’s water treatment plants.
“The competition is a testament to the excellent quality of Australian water and to the diligence and commitment of the operational employees who deliver it to our communities,” he said.
New Norfolk is the second successive region from the state’s south to win the award, after Lake Fenton was crowned winner of the competition last year.