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Sydney desalination plant days away from being switched on as dam levels fall

We’re being urged to be careful with our water use, with Sydney’s desalination plant expected to be turned on this weekend.

Sydney and Wollongong’s dams are around 60.2 per cent full, just above the trigger point for switching on the desalination plant.

Sydney Water’s Peter Hadfield tells Ben Fordham “we should always be water-wise”.

Mr Hadfield says switching on the plant could add between $25 to $35 to household bills.

“There won’t be an increase in anybody’s bills, as far as [desalination] goes until water comes up to full production at the desal plant.

“That’s unlikely to happen until, say if it was switched on this weekend, up until after July 1.”

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