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Melbourne's Water

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I've always said that the desalination plant was vital infrastructure, an insurance against running out of water and I applauded the state government of that time for deciding to build it.

I was very annoyed by the government opposition of that time pretending we didn't need it and trying to turn it into a political football for their own political gains.

Anyway, an interesting article in The Age:

Prediction Melbourne could begin to run short of water by 2028

JULY 23 2017 - 12:00AM Adam Carey

Cameron FitzGerald, general manager of strategy and planning, CityWest Water on top of a 20 megalitre recycled water storage tank.  Photo: Joe Armao

Melbourne could begin to experience chronic water shortages within about a decade, even if the desalination plant is cranked up to its full capacity, as climate change and population growth rapidly deplete the city's dams.

Demand for water could begin to exceed supply by 2028, triggering tough water restrictions and a costly 25 per cent boost to the capacity of the desalination plant, under a worst-case scenario modelled by Melbourne's water corporations.

This scenario suggests the city must take major steps in the next few years to guard Melbourne's water storages from reaching dangerously low levels that could put it on a permanent drought footing.

Demand for water in and around Melbourne could grow by about 75 per cent in the next 40 years, while flows into the state's catchments could decrease by more than 40 per cent, according to projections published this month by City West Water, Yarra Valley Water and South East Water.

According to the three state-owned corporations' 50-year urban water strategies, Melbourne's water supply is secure for another 10 to 15 years, "even under high climate change and high population growth scenarios", largely because of the desalination plant.

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Peter Maltezos's picture


Melbourne Water is a government owned statutory authority that controls much of the water system in Melbourne including the reservoirs, the sewerage and drainage system that services the city.

Water storage data:

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Water shortage fears: No plans for second Victorian desal plant, says Andrews

JULY 23 2017 - 3:52PM

The Victorian government will not build a second desalination plant, with Premier Daniel Andrews saying he has confidence in the state's water system.

Fairfax Media revealed on Sunday that climate change and strong population growth could see Melbourne facing chronic water shortages in the next 10 years, even if the Wonthaggi desalination plant runs at full capacity.

Melbourne's water companies are predicting demand could exceed supply by 2028.

However, Mr Andrews said on Sunday he's been advised Victoria does not need another plant.

"We have no plans to invest in further water infrastructure on that scale," he said.

"The best advice I have is that we don't need to, having made those investments all those years ago."

Mr Andrews said he was "confident about our reserves and our water system going forward", calling the multi-billion dollar and controversial plant an "insurance policy".

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zenith's picture

Such a rubbish article, with little to no understanding of the industry.

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Development & Planning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
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Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
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Transport & Design

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 00:00
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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
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