Best drinking water in New Zealand

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It’s official. Palmerston North has the best drinking water in New Zealand

Palmerston North City Council has been acknowledged as the City with the best tasting drinking water following the 2016 Water Industry Operations Group of New Zealand Conference.

Water samples from 12 councils around New Zealand were submitted under strict guidelines. The competition consisted of two heats, with the best two samples from each heat going on to the final round of judging.

The water was judged on taste, odour and appearance.

Treatment Plants Manager Mike Monaghan said he was confident Palmerston North had great tasting water of very high quality. “When it was announced that we had made it into the final I was thrilled.”

The judging panel for the final round consisted of John Clemens, Executive Officer of WIOG, Sarah Croswell, national water educator with Opus, Phil Eccles, Business Unit Manager with IXOM (chemical supplier to the water industry) and water taste expert Udo Van Deventer, who is a brewer with Lion breweries.

Ray McIndoe, General Manager for City Enterprises, said operators were dedicated to ensuring that our water is always delivered to the very highest of standards and it’s understandable that the title “Best in NZ” is keenly contested by operators from all Councils.

“All our operators and Palmerston North can be immensely proud that our water is of such a high standard. The water we took to Auckland was from the Kelvin Grove zone sourced from the Roberts Line bore.”

Source: Palmerston North City Council, 2016.