Tighter Water Restrictions May be Introduced
Council is keeping a close eye on the water level of Lake Moondarra, with tighter water restrictions likely to be introduced if the level drops below 30% of capacity.
Lake Moondarra was at 33% of capacity at the beginning of November and is on course to reach 30% in the coming weeks.
Storms have provided enough rainfall and runoff to hold the level steady, with the level at 33.7% as of Thursday 24 November.
Mayor Danielle Slade said Mount Isa is presently on Level 2 restrictions, meaning the use of sprinklers and other fixed watering systems is limited to six hours a day (6am-9am and 6pm-9pm) on an odds-and-evens basis, based on property address.
“In addition, under Level 2 restrictions, handheld hoses can be used every day of the week during the same times,” Cr Slade said.
Should Level 3 restrictions be necessary, the watering times will be reduced to four hours per day, from 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm. Handheld hoses are also restricted to a single block between 6pm and 10pm in the evenings on an odds-and-evens basis.
“Hopefully more rain will fall before Christmas and the potential for harsher water restrictions can be avoided,” Cr Slade said.
A full list of the applicable restrictions can be found at www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/downloads/file/1160/water-restriction-policy.