Deadly Desalination?

Is more fresh water worth the risk?

The Facts

In 2007, the Victorian State government announced plans to build a desalination plant near Wonthaggi, on Victoria's south-east coast. The plant will suck ocean water out of the sea, remove the salt and other organisms from the water, and pump 150 Billion Liters of fresh water every year to homes and businesses around Australia. The project was completed in early 2012, and opened just last month. The project cost the government a staggering $3 Billion dollars.


It's All About The Money (And People Too)

The Good Parts

The desalination plant would allow water companies to make profit from selling the water, and maintain their own businesses. The selling of the water would also cause the economy to remain healthy. Consumers need water, and the desalination plant would also raise general moral towards living and surviving. This would therefore benefit everyone in the end, and future proof our most precious resource.

The Bad Parts

If we take water out of the ocean, and remove the salt from it, we have to put the salt somewhere. In our food isn't an option, so the plan is to dump it back into the sea. This is great, except for the part where the amount of salt and water becomes unbalanced, causing damage to the marine ecosystem. The amount of money that will need to be spent on the project, both on environmental repair and plant maintenance could be enormous, and could cause taxpayers lots of grief financially.

So How Could They?

The government can't just do as they see fit right away (which may come as a suprise to many of you). The government has to follow procedures to begin any action or create any new structure that require votes and refinements towards proposals that are put forward. If the proposal gets through every stage of these votes and refinements, the proposal is then passed. While the desalination plant has it's downfalls, it has been generally agreed upon by a majority that it is a good plan and option to help sustain our water supplies.