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Why desalinated water is still being pumped out, despite recent rains

Neil Mitchell
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As you’re probably more than aware, it’s been a wet few weeks and months in Victoria.

Unsurprisingly, the state’s water storage facilities are close to full.

The Thomson dam is at 87.8 per cent capacity, Upper Yarra 87.5 and Cardinia 82.5 per cent full.

But the desalination plant is pumping out 400 megalitres of water per day.

Craig Dixson, General Manager of Infrastructure Operations at Melbourne Water, said Victoria’s water supplies were “in a good spot” but the desalinated water was still required to shore up supplies.

“The bottom line is, in the long run, we continue to need a lot more water than we get from the rain, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

Press PLAY below to hear why the desalinated water is still required

Picture: Getty iStock

Neil Mitchell
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