Not reliant on rain anymore: "The desalination plant will deliver the single largest boost to Melbourne’s water supply since the Thomson Dam was constructed. It was the biggest water project of its time, and it was built some 25 years ago. This desalination plant is an equivalent infrastructure project to the creation of the Thomson Dam. It will provide more than one-third of Melbourne’s yearly water supply without relying on rainfall in our catchments. We are putting the money into this particular piece of infrastructure, this desalination plant that will deliver water to Melbourne, which means we will not have to rely for one-third of Melbourne’s water on rainfall," she added.
Reference: Kaye Darveniza, Member for Northern Victoria, Legislative Council, Victoria, 18 July 2007.
Erisk Net, 24/7/2007