Desalination Water to Protect Supply after Dry Summer
The Victorian Government has announced it will order 125 GL of water for the 2019/20 financial year from the Victorian Desalination Plant.
The announcement follows advice from water authorities based on detailed modelling on rainfall, inflows into catchments, population growth, water consumption, climate change, recent impacts from bushfires in our catchments and impacts on affordability for consumers.
Melbourne’s water storage levels currently sit below 55 per cent, the lowest level since 2011 soon after the Millennium Drought.
Without the 76GL already delivered by the Victorian Desalination Plant in past years, Melbourne’s storages would be 4.2 per cent lower today.
The water order follows five years of declining storage levels and a particularly dry summer in 2018/19.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest three-month seasonal climate outlook also predicts above average autumn temperatures for Melbourne, with below-average rainfall set to continue.