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Increasingly Australian cities are using seawater desalination for their potable water supplies.
Australian cities using desalinated seawater
Perth led the way with Perth Seawater Desalination Plant, located at Kwinana and now has another plant being built, the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant (SSDP), in the Shire of Harvey. The water supplied from these sites will be the next major water source for WA. For further information on these sites, visit the Water Corporation website.
The Gold Coast desalination project has been built at Tugun, Queensland. For more information visit the Water Secure website
Adelaide will soon have desalinated seawater integrated into its urban potable supply. The SA Government website, Water for Good has information on the development of the desalination plant in the state. SA Water also has comprehensive information on the project development, media liaison and community consultation related to the implementation of the plant.
Sydney had desalinated seawater integrated into its urban potable supply in 2010. Sydney Water has further information on the development of a desalination plant at Kurnell, in the city's south. The plant will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
Melbourne will also soon integrate desalinated seawater into its potable supply. The plant at Wonthaggi in the south east Victoria region will supply up to 150 billion litres of water a year to Melbourne, Geelong and, via other connections, South Gippsland and Western Port towns. See the Victorian Government's Department of Sustainability and Environment website for further information.
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