Lake Moondarra Capacity

Monday 13 August 2018 – 55.0%

 

Lake Julius Capacity

Monday 13 August 2018- 89.3%

 

 Blue Green Algae Level

Blue Green Algae Level - Low

Level: Medium Date Sampled: 24 July 2018

 Open Data

The Mount Isa Water Board is committed to the Queensland Government’s Open Data initiative. The Board has developed an Open Data Strategy detailing our data assessment processes and identifying data planned for release and the release schedule. The strategy reinforces our commitment to making a range of information available to the community. Learn More +

 FAQS

What’s being done to increase the city’s supply of clean water?

The Mount Isa Water Board has implemented a long-term solution to expand filtration capacity to a reliable average of more than 22 megalitres per day from March 2015. This will increase the amount of water that can be provided to Mount Isa City Council for local use and reduce the need for restrictions, subject to rainfall.

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How does Mount Isa’s water usage compare to other similar-sized regional cities?

In February 2015, Mount Isa’s average daily consumption was approximately 600 litres per person per day.

Based on this figure, Mount Isa’s average daily consumption per person is more than 200% higher than Brisbane (<200 litres per person per day).

Compared with other similar-sized outback mining centres, Mount Isa’s average daily water consumption per person is 50% higher than Kalgoorlie-Boulder (400 litres per person per day) and 62% higher than Broken Hill (370 litres per person per day).

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Why doesn’t the Mount Isa Water Board control blue-green algae in the lakes?

Blue-green algae activity is intermittent and influenced by weather. There are no sure, cost-effective methods that can be used to effectively and safely control the development of blue-green algae in Clear Water Lagoon, Lake Julius or Lake Moondarra. This is a challenge faced by many water authorities throughout Australia.

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How does the Mount Isa Water Board treat blue-green algae?

Following a significant blue-green algae bloom in Clear Water Lagoon, Lake Moondarra and Lake Julius in late 2013, the Mount Isa Water Board installed a filtration plant as an interim measure to filter all water supplied to Mount Isa City Council customers. This filtration effectively removes all blue-green algae from the water before oxidation and then supplied to Mount Isa City Council. New, permanent micro-filtration treatment plant was introduced in March 2015 which provides an appropriate level of assurance of the quality of water supplied to Mount Isa City Council.

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What do the by-laws for the R48 Reserve relate to?

The by-laws govern how the R48 Reserve can be used and includes information relating to:
● Animals – protection, prohibition, and control of (including dogs)
● Camping
● Damaging or interfering with land or improvements
● Displaying or distributing literature
● Disturbing peaceful use of trust land
● Entering closed areas
● Lighting fires
● Litter
● Selling things
● Vehicle use

As the trustee for the Reserve, MIWB needs to be able to continue to effectively and sustainably manage the area and ensure its continued use as a safe water source and recreational area for the Mount Isa community.

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