The state’s water supply has been bolstered by 100 gigalitres (GL) since June 2019. This follows the announcement in March 2019 of a 125 GL order from the Victorian Desalination Plant.

This volume of water has reached Melbourne Water, South Gippsland Water and Westernport Water customers across the state and represents 5.5 per cent of Melbourne’s water storage volume.

At the time of this order, Melbourne’s water storage levels had dropped to less than 55 per cent. As of 22 January, Melbourne Water’s storage levels sit at 62.5%.

This is additional to the 76.1 GL (4.2 per cent of Melbourne Water storage volume) delivered over the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 supply periods and the 23.9 GL (1.3 per cent of Melbourne Water storage volume) delivered during commissioning in 2012.

Each year the government places an order for how much water is required to be produced by the desalination plant. Flexible water orders can be made from 0 to 150 gigalitres (in set increments) to suit different needs each year.

The decision for the 2020/21 water order is expected to be announced by early April 2020.