Lake Moondarra Capacity

Tuesday 23 April 2019 – 83.1%

 

Lake Julius Capacity

Wednesday 24 April 2019 – 98.1%

 

 Blue Green Algae Level

Blue Green Algae Level - Low

Level: Medium Date Sampled: 25 March 2019

 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 are the roles of the Mount Isa Water Board and Mount Isa City Council in the supply of water to the city?

The Mount Isa Water Board is responsible for supplying bulk treated water to Mount Isa City Council. The Board conducts extensive water quality tests to ensure the water meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Once the Mount Isa Water Board has provided the water to Mount Isa City Council, the Council is responsible for the supply of water to Mount Isa residents through its extensive pipe network. Mount Isa City Council is also responsible for conducting further chlorination and testing of the water prior to its distribution to residents.

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How much water do we use?

Each year the Mount Isa Water Board supplies approximately 20 gigalitres of water to its major customers. This is 20,000 million litres and equivalent to 8,000 Olympic swimming pools.

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Has there been a change the rules in respect to camping on the Reserve?

No. A this stage camping on the Reserve continues to be prohibited unless MIWB has expressly granted permission (as we do during the Moondarra Fishing Classic).

Notwithstanding this, MIWB understands that the R48 Reserve is important to the local community and that there may be community support for reviewing how permits are issued and the conditions under which camping could be made more generally permissible. MIWB is considering if it needs to put in place more appropriate administrative mechanisms related to camping permit provision and management.

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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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What impact does blue-green algae have on the Reserve?

Some species of blue-green algae produce a toxin that can cause a reaction in susceptible people if it is swallowed or gets on the skin. Reactions include a rash, hayfever-like symptoms or stomach aches.

The Mount Isa Water Board operates two blue-green algae information and indicator signs in the R48 Reserve to advise the public of the current blue-green algae risk.

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