The goal of the Drinking Water Quality Management Plant (DWQMP) is to protect public health through the identification and minimisation of public health-related risks associated with drinking water. MICC is operating under an approved DWQMP, with the approval granted by the Queensland Water Supply Regulator, Department of Energy and Water Supply (QWSR, DEWS).
This annual report is submitted to DEWS to fulfil the regulatory requirement, and is also made available to MICC customers for inspection upon request at the council office.
Council manages two drinking water schemes – Mount Isa and Camooweal. To supply the city of Mount Isa, MICC receives treated water from the Mount Isa Water Board (MIWB) before distributing to its approximately 21,000 consumers. Water for the Mount Isa scheme is obtained from two dammed storages – Lake Julius and Lake Moondarra – on the Leichhardt River to the north of the city. Camooweal currently has two reliable sub-artesian bores used as water sources. They were drilled in February 2012. Despite its small population, there is a high per-capita water consumption in Camooweal, at more than 800 L/person/day.