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Government to combat drought by doubling desalination plant capacity

The NSW Government is planning to double the capacity of the Kurnell desalination plant in an effort to combat the drought.

With dam levels falling fast as NSW suffers through one of its worst droughts in history, the government is looking to double the output of a desalination plant that already produces 250 million litres of water per day.

The Kurnell plant was turned on in January and is supplying 15 per cent of Sydney’s water.

NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey tells Steve Price although she was originally a critic of Labor’s decision to open the plant, she’s now thankful.

“I was one of those sceptics, I was in Opposition when Labor rushed the decision.

“I’m the first to admit that it is making a difference at the moment… and I’m grateful for that investment.”

But she says she can’t yet say how much water bills will rise under the plan.

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