Lake Moondarra Capacity

Tuesday 25 July 2017 – 51.7%

 

Lake Julius Capacity

Tuesday 25 July 2017 – 89.0%

 Blue Gree Algae Level

Blue Green Algae Level - Low

Level: Medium Date Sampled: 20 June 2017

 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

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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Does the Mount Isa Water Board make a profit?

The Mount Isa Water Board has made a profit in most years and has consequently paid taxes and dividends to the State Government.

From the time the Mount Isa Water Board was commercialised in 2000 until 2011–12, all dividends and taxes were passed on by the State Government to Mount Isa City Council, amounting to $28 million poured back into the Mount Isa community over that period.

Current State Government policy is that Mount Isa City Council will receive 50% of the total dividends and taxes generated by the Mount Isa Water Board in a financial year (July to June). However, this is conditional upon the Mount Isa Water Board making a profit for the year.

Provided MIWB makes a profit, the receipt of dividends and tax by Mount Isa City Council offset a significantly proportion of the cost of water charges.

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Is the water tested?

Yes. The Mount Isa Water Board undertakes regular water quality monitoring in Clear Water Lagoon, Lake Moondarra, Lake Julius, and in the water distribution system. More than 10,000 water-quality tests are conducted each year to ensure water supplied to MICC meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

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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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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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