Melbourne
17.19 Decrease of surface water claim on desalinated water

Supporting information

Melbourne's retail water authorities, City West Water, South East Water, and Yarra Valley Water hold bulk entitlements to desalinated water from the Wonthaggi desalination plant.

The bulk entitlements allow the authorities to take a combined volume up to 150,000 ML each year on an annual basis during any period of five consecutive years (subject to rules specified in the bulk entitlements).

The Wonthaggi desalination project was in operation during the reporting year. On 1 April 2012, the Victorian Minister for Water made a zero desalinated water order for the 2012–13 year. Therefore, line item value is zero for the 2012–13 year.

24,850 ML was transferred to Cardinia Reservoir for commissioning of the Victorian Desalination Plant, but this is not considered to be water taken under the bulk entitlement.

Further information on bulk entitlements can be found at the Victorian Water Register.