Mayor Joyce McCulloch has expressed her delight with how the new Pamela Street Hill reservoir is progressing, after inspecting the site on Wednesday afternoon.
Cr McCulloch was joined by Deputy Mayor Phil Barwick, Councillor Peta MacRae and Council CEO Sharon Ibardolaza in seeing how the project to construct the 6.8-million-litre reservoir is coming along, with the group hoisted up 10 metres into the air in a hydraulic scissor lift to get an unrivalled view of the site.
"This reservoir is so impressive and I'm very pleased by just how smoothly the project is and has been running," Cr McCulloch said.
"The project manager informed us that the reservoir should be completed on time, which is fantastic news."
The construction project involves the installation of almost 230 large, glass-infused steel panels, stacked up in six rows and bolted in place - using 23,750 nuts and bolts - to make a reservoir that's almost 10 metres high, 33 metres across and more than 100 metres in circumference.
The panels are environment-resistant and long-lasting and were specially made in the UK.
The construction phase of the project follows two major concrete pours in the past few months to form the reservoir's footings, with about 40 cubic metres of concrete poured in December last year, and the major pour of 170 cubic metres taking place in January.
"This extra reservoir will give some much-needed backup capacity and added security for Mount Isa's potable-water supply, particularly in the Healy and Townview areas," Cr McCulloch said.
"I thank everyone involved in this project for doing such a great job, particularly during the concrete-pouring stages which were completed without any hitches or delays."
Work to construct the reservoir should be completed by about mid-June.
Members of the public are advised that the area is a construction site and is therefore off-limits. A security camera operates around-the-clock on the site.
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