De­sali­na­tion plant may be switched on, at last

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS -

A multi­bil­lion dol­lar de­sali­na­tion plant in the Aus­tralian state of Vic­to­ria could be switched on for the first time af­ter wa­ter catch­ment lev­els in the state have fallen in a dry sum­mer. Vic­to­ria’s de­sali­na­tion plant has sat idle since con­struc­tion of the $4.35-bil­lion govern­ment pro­ject fin­ished in 2012. But the con­tro­ver­sial plant — which con­trac­tu­ally costs tax­pay­ers $1.3 mil­lion each day, de­spite never hav­ing pro­duced a drop of fresh wa­ter — may be called into ac­tion, as the sum­mer months take their toll.

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