Water production is well underway at the Victorian Desalination Plant. Desalinated water started flowing into Cardinia Reservoir on Sunday 19 March.
The Victorian Desalination Project provides a drought-proof water supply to Melbourne and Geelong.
As a rainfall-independent source of water it complements our existing catchments. With key components of the plant having a design life of 100 years it can produce high quality water whenever required, making it a resource that will be valued in times of future drought.
Located in Wonthaggi, the Victorian Desalination Plant comprises 29 buildings including the reverse osmosis building, the heart of the VDP.
The plant has a guaranteed production capacity of 150 billion litres of water a year and the capability to expand to 200 billion litres a year - enough to fill 178 Olympic size swimming pools every single day!