Lake Moondarra Capacity

Thursday 28 July 2016 – 62.0%

 

Lake Julius Capacity

Thursday 28 July 2016 – 90.1%

 Blue Gree Algae Level

Blue Green Algae Level - Low

Level: Medium Date Sampled: 4 July 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

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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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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When will the proposed by-laws take effect?

The by-laws will then take effect once the Government has gazetted the by-laws. This means, the Minister has received a copy of the by-laws and a record of the resolution to proceed with the proposed by-laws, and arranges for the adoption of the by-laws to be published in the gazette. At this stage, we anticipate the full process should be completed during Autumn 2016.

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How does the Mount Isa Water Board treat the water?

Historically, the water in Mount Isa has been treated using a natural filtration and treatment process in Clear Water Lagoon. However, in late 2013, a significant blue-green algae bloom caused the lagoon’s natural filtration process to fail. This resulted in the lagoon being unable to provide water of an appropriate quality for the Mount Isa community without subsequent filtration. As there was no likelihood that the algae bloom could be resolved within a suitable timeframe, the Mount Isa Water Board urgently sourced a filtration system as an interim measure to ensure the continued supply of clean water to Mount Isa City Council.

In 2015 the blue-green algae bloom in Clear Water Lagoon grew to be potentially the largest ever recorded in a Queensland water supply system, with more than 6 million cells per millilitre (recorded 3 March 2015). 10,000 cells per millilitre is considered normal and acceptable. New, permanent micro-filtration treatment equipment was introduced in March 2015, expanding on the capacity of the emergency plant and providing an appropriate standard of assurance to the quality of drinking water supplied to Mount Isa City Council.

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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. It is also an opportunity for MIWB to understand if it needs to put in place more appropriate administrative mechanisms related to camping permit provision and management.

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