Victoria’s desalination plant was completed in December 2012. At the time, Melbourne’s reservoirs were at more than 80% capacity.
Over the following years there was no end of whinging about the exorbitant cost of the project. One that short-sighted critics claimed was obviously unnecessary…since it was raining regularly.
That’s the way it is with insurance policies. When you don’t need them, you bemoan every dollar spent on them. But when you do need them, you’ll be glad you planned ahead.
The extremely dry conditions in Victoria have threatened the states availability of clean drinking water and has caused the largest ever order from Victoria’s desalination plant, to be placed by the end of march.
Melbourne’s water supply sinks to 55.7%
Water minster Lisa Neville said ‘even rain at the moment will not end up in our dam system’, due to the dry, cracked and in some places, fire-scorched Earth.
On Tuesday she confirmed Melbourne’s water supply has dropped to 55.7%, with Geelong just under at 41%, as reported by the Australian Associated Press.
‘I just can’t underestimate how critical an order probably will be this year to make sure we’re not in dangerous levels in terms of our water security going forward,’ Ms Neville said.
The amount of water needed to be ordered from the Wonthaggi plant by the end of March.
Back in January the state government warned that if water reserves went as low as 60.96% that it would have to dependent on desalination.
Victorians to save half a Bucket each day, says Neville
In the wake of arid conditions Ms Neville is urging each person to save ‘half a bucket of water a day’.
‘We’re averaging around about 165 litres per day, per person,’ she said.
‘We would like to see people back down to 155, that would save around nine-to-10 (gigalitres) so make a big contribution to our water security with very little impact on Victorians.’
This time last year Victoria also made an order for desalinated water.
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