While MIWB seeks to remain informed of the prevailing conditions and water supply projections, MIWB has no formal role with respect to the selection of source water and the Drought Management Plan is no longer available.
The implementation of the Gulf Resource Operations Plan (ROP) reallocated roles and responsibilities between entities involved in water in North West Queensland. Under the ROP, MIWB’s role was redefined as Distribution Operations Licence holder; essentially a water transport and treatment business. As an outcome of these changes, MIWB no longer has authority to determine were water is sourced from and therefore does not have the role of optimising the available supply. Such decisions rest with the individual water allocation holders – MIWB’s bulk water customers.
MIWB continues to operate Mount Isa’s drought proofing scheme providing supply from Lake Julius dam according to customer requirements.