New Nor­folk’s tap wa­ter tops state

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

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.

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