Ratepayers to cop cost of preserving water quality amid drought

[1st, May 2014] The Mount Isa City Council is facing a $4 million bill for hiring equipment to maintain water quality standards during the drought. Little rainfall has resulted in high blue-green algae levels forming in the city’s main water supply, Lake Moondarra, forcing the local water board to hire…treatment equipment at a cost of more than $250,000 a month.

Mayor Tony McGrady says the cost will be passed onto ratepayers and could see water rates increase by $440 a household next financial year.

He says it will be asking the federal and state governments for financial help, to reduce the impost on residents.

“We will simply tell them what the facts of life are and that if this city is to continue, which it will, but if this city continues to pay the royalties and the other costs to the State Government throughout the mining industry, governments have to ensure the survival of our city,” he said.

Kate Stephens, News ABC

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