The member for Mount Isa Rob Katter met with the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, and Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark Bailey this week, briefing him on the current blue green algae outbreak and associated costs.
“I explained about the cost of the filtration system, the need for a more permanent solution, the cost of pumping water from Lake Julius, and the return of the state government dividend to the Mount Isa City Council to offset ongoing water costs.
“There is no doubt the community is concerned with the increased pricing on water as we move from the leased filtration system which can only cope with the current water restrictions, to the MIWB’s purchase of a larger filtration system which can deliver the amount of water we need to the city’s consumers.
“I made it clear to the Minister that a return of the full dividend to the Mount Isa City Council would help offset future costs as the new filtration system is implemented, and a pre-treatment option to replace the Clear Water Lagoon is sought,” Mr Katter said.
He also raised the issue of the Water Board’s pricing structure with the Minister, making it clear there was a need for the State Government to be involved in the issue of a safe, clean water supply for Mount Isa City.