MIWB and MICC join forces to reduce water losses

MIWB and MICC join forces to reduce water losses

The Mount Isa City Council (MICC) and Mount Isa Water Board (MIWB) today launched a joint water loss reduction program in the city’s water distribution network.

Specialist contractors today commenced an assessment of Mount Isa’s water network using a variety of non-intrusive acoustic techniques. Their task is to locate hidden leaks in the MICC water pipes.

“While MICC reported water losses are well within industry practice, our arid climate means our drinking water is especially precious” MICC Director of Engineering Services, Mike Salmon said. “water loss management is one of the important tools for industry best practice. It has been a number of years since a full assessment of the Mount Isa distribution system was undertaken, now is a great opportunity to review and improve our communities infrastructure in the lead up to the warmer weather.”

MIWB’s Chief Executive, Stephen Farrelly said “MIWB doesn’t own or operate the water pipes in Mount Isa streets, and while the pipes being inspected are not our assets, it is MIWB’s intent to work closely with MICC to ensure the best outcome for the community. With the new treatment plant in place, every litre of loss eliminated from the distribution network is a litre we do not have to treat. Ultimately, this work is an investment in saving the community money”.

Mount Isa City Council is the city’s water supply service provider. Mount Isa Water Board is Mount Isa City Council’s bulk water transport and treatment provider and a State Government entity.