Bucks back for de­sal fail

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

HOUSE­HOLDS are set to get some wa­ter bill re­lief af­ter op­er­a­tors of the trou­ble-plagued de­sali­na­tion plant failed to pro­duce 50 bil­lion litres or­dered by the gov­ern­ment.

The em­bar­rass­ing short­fall, which Wa­ter Min­is­ter Lisa Neville said would be about four bil­lion litres, should trig­ger a com­pen­sa­tion clause in op­er­a­tor Aqua­sure’s con­tract.

Aqua­sure had been un­able to pro­duce 50 bil­lion litres in­side to­day’s dead­line be­cause a power fail­ure put the Won­thaggi plant out of ac­tion.

Ms Neville said as a re­sult the gov­ern­ment would seek to cut pay­ments it makes to the op­er­a­tors of the de­sal plant.

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