Mount Isa Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Offers Drought Relief for Community

Media Release

FN139/2017

21 August 2017

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Senator for Queensland

Mark Furner

Minister for Local Government
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Joyce McCulloch

Mayor of Mount Isa City Council

  • Stage 2A of the Sewer Augmentation officially opened today
  • The upgrade will improve the quality of treated effluent for industrial use, reducing the use of fresh drinking water in areas such as construction
  • The Coalition Government invested over $2.5 million in the project

The upgraded Mount Isa Waste Water Reclamation Plant officially opened today, providing a wider range of reuse options and delivering environmental benefits for the Mount Isa community.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $5 million upgrade would provide enhanced water infrastructure for the Mount Isa region.

“It's great to deliver a key priority for the Mount Isa region,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing modern essential services that help the environment are a big part of that.”

Senator for Queensland Matthew Canavan said effluent water could be used in mining and construction operations in critical times like severe drought.

“The project has ensured the Mount Isa Waste Water Reclamation Plant will be capable of meeting current licence conditions as well as meeting the Class A standard required for human health protection,” Senator Canavan said.

“Pressure will be relieved on Mount Isa's potable drinking water supply by using the Class A treated effluent to irrigate public parks and sporting fields. It is vital that we protect the supply of potable water especially during critical times such as in times of drought.”

Minister for Local Government, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the upgrade was a great example of all three levels of Government working together to promote economic development.

“The upgrade will allow Mount Isa to maximise the use of treated effluent for irrigation purposes, it is currently used on sporting fields, horse paddocks, the dog park and the cemetery and other public areas,” Mr Furner said.

“The project will benefit the whole region, creating 30 jobs during construction and an additional four ongoing jobs.”

Mayor of Mount Isa City Council Joyce McCulloch said it is essential for Mount Isa to use and re-use our water wisely and efficiently, not only to deliver a secure supply of clean drinking water to residents, but also to maintain our parks and gardens.

“The Australian and Queensland government funding has enabled the City Council to significantly expand its recycled water irrigation program, enhancing the look and liveability of the city especially during drought,” Cr McCulloch said.

“The $5 million sewer treatment plant upgrade enables up to four mega litres of sewerage every day to be converted to Class A quality irrigation water using bio-filter systems in place of chemicals.”

The Upgrade of Stage 2A Sewer Augmentation at Mount Isa was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($2.515 million), Queensland Government ($1.006 million), and Mount Isa City Council (over $1.509 million).