When will we receive water from the desalination plant?
We are already receiving water from the desalination plant. In March 2017, the Minister for Water announced a minimum annual order of 15 billion litres for the next three years, starting in 2017-18.
In April each year, based on advice from South East Water, the other Melbourne retailers and Melbourne Water, the Minister of Water announces whether an order will be placed or not in the coming financial year.
The decision is based on how much is needed in the next year to maintain water security, expected rainfall, current storage levels and cost to customers.
The desalination plant supplies rainfall-independent, large-scale drinking water. It’s part of Melbourne’s diverse portfolio to reduce the pressure on our drinking water supplies, including large-scale recycled water projects, local stormwater re-use initiatives and improved commercial water-use efficiencies.