One of Cairns' smallest water treatment facilities has proven to be one of the best when it comes to tasting the end product.
Nestled at the foot of the Gillies Range, the small community of Mountain View has been thrust into the water-tasting limelight as a result of the 2015 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test.
The annual competition is conducted by Queensland Water to find the best tasting water in the state.
Mountain View treatment plant sources water from the Little Mulgrave River and supplies 30 connections in a rural locality to the south-west of Cairns. Water passes through a 50-micron pre-filter screen then through an additional two sets of bag filters, which screen down to 1-micron (or one thousandth of a millimeter), before passing through a UV disinfection system, and into the water storage reservoirs. Once in the storage reservoirs the water disinfection is automatically sampled, monitored and maintained with residual chlorination up to the delivery through the network to consumers.
Mountain View's water was rated the best tasting of nine samples from throughout Far North Queensland. It will now represent FNQ at the Queensland state final on the Sunshine Coast in November.