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Recycled Stormwater Among Australia Options as Water Plant Idled

Victoria Water Minister Peter Walsh, whose government is paying A$1.8 million ($1.9 million) a day for an idled desalination plant, said the facility costs too much and the state is considering recycling stormwater instead to meet some needs.

“There are other options to ensure Melbourne’s water supply” including more efficient recycling of drainwater, Walsh said in a telephone interview. “The previous government could have been looking at this rather than making a rash decision on a very expensive project.”