Desalinated water

What is desalinated water?

Desalinated water is drinking water that is produced from sea water. In Melbourne, our desalinated water is produced at the Victorian Desalination Plant in Wonthaggi.

Like all drinking water, desalination water meets the requirements of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, Victorian Safe Drinking Water Act and the World Health Organisation guidelines.

Water from the Victorian Desalination Plant is some of the best in the world to complement the high quality of water that Melburnians enjoy. More information is available through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website.

When will we receive desalinated water?

In March 2017, the Minister for Water announced a minimum annual order of 15 billion litres for the next three years, starting in 2017-18.

The order supports water security, better plant management and steadier prices.

When will the next order be?

In April each year, based on advice from South East Water, the other Melbourne retailers and Melbourne Water, the Minister of Water announces whether an order will be placed or not in the coming financial year.

The decision is based on how much is needed in the next year to maintain water security, expected rainfall, current storage levels and cost to customers.

What will desalinated water taste like and look like?

Desalinated water will be mixed with existing water storages and undergo the same treatment process - so there’ll be no difference to the taste or appearance of water that comes out of your tap.

Will my water bill go up?

There will be no cost to customers from the order for 2017-18.