Expansion plans for desalination plant amid rapidly falling water levels

Published: 14 Aug 2019

Dam levels are dropping at record pace in NSW’s worst drought on record with water storages currently at 50.3% per cent capacity, down from 90% two years ago.

Preliminary plans to expand the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) are underway to ensure Sydney’s water supply is maintained.

Since the plant commenced operation, dam depletion rates improved by around 0.2% per week.

The plant is currently producing an average of 250 million litres a day, or approximately 15% of Sydney’s supply. At the end of July, the SDP reached full production.

NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said, “By undertaking this planning work, should the drought worsen, and water levels continue to drop, we will be ready to act immediately to increasing water supply.”

Learn more about the Sydney Desalination Plant

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