The Mount Isa Waste Water Reclamation Plant has officially opened after its latest upgrade, providing a wider range of reuse options.
The upgrade will improve the quality of treated effluent for industrial use, reducing the use of fresh drinking water in areas such as construction.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $5 million upgrade would provide enhanced water infrastructure for the Mount Isa region.
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.”
The Upgrade of Stage 2A Sewer Augmentation at Mount Isa was jointly funded by the Federal Government ($2.5 million), Queensland Government ($1 million), and Mount Isa City Council (over $1.6 million).