Lake Moondarra Capacity

Friday 12 February 2016 – 66.0%

 

Lake Julius Capacity

Friday 12 February 2016 – 100%

 Blue Gree Algae Level

Blue Green Algae Level - Low

Level: Medium Date Sampled: 1 February 2016

 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

Does Lake Julius water cost the same as Lake Moondarra water?

No. Lake Julius is much further away from Mount Isa so it costs approximately twice as much to supply water from Lake Julius compared to Lake Moondarra.

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Why was a water levy imposed?

The levy is a matter for Mount Isa City Council. As per the Mount Isa Water Board’s contract with Council, the essential major expense associated with implementing the emergency leased filtration system was passed on at cost price.

As part of negotiations for new equipment, the Mount Isa Water Board has negotiated with the supplier to secure a substantial reduction in charges effective 1 February 2015 for the current filtration system. The cost has now been reduced from $250,000 per month to $10,000 per month, saving Council $1.19 million in the 2014-15 financial year which was been rebated to rate payers.

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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 and is expected to be fully operational by the end of September 2015.

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How much will the new water treatment infrastructure cost and who will pay for it?

The Mount Isa Water Board is investing $9.2 million into new, permanent micro-filtration water treatment infrastructure. This investment will be paid for by the Mount Isa Water Board from existing cash reserves, and the infrastructure will form part of the Board’s capital asset base.

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Why don’t we top up Lake Moondarra with Lake Julius water?

The Mount Isa Water Board supplies customers from Lake Julius on an as-needed basis, and as requested by its customers. As supply from Lake Julius is significantly more expensive than from Lake Moondarra it is only supplied when necessary.

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