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Victoria’s desalination plant could be in mothballs for years

Victoria's multibillion-dollar desalination plant could be in mothballs for years with the State's Water Minister Peter Walsh making it a personal goal never to order water from the plant that is costing Victorians almost $2 million a day.

Walsh told a Department of Sustainability and Environment young leaders event one of his key goals as Water Minister was to never order water from the Wonthaggi plant, which can produce up to 150 billion litres of drinking water a year.

Walsh did not shy away from the comments when asked about them, as reportid in The Age today.

''We have always said desalinated water should be a supply of last resort,'' he said.

The minister's comments about the desalination plant follow a similar mothballing of the controversial $750 million north-south water pipeline that can send water from the Goulburn River in Victoria's north to Melbourne's water storages.

[Read the full report at The Age.]

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