Daily News 23 February 2016: On the southeast coast of Australia, a A$5.7 billion ($4.1 billion) processing plant to turn the ocean into a source of drinking water has sat idle since it was built in 2012. That could change soon.
state of Victoria will decide by April whether to switch it on, sucking
water from the Bass Strait through an underground tunnel into a complex
of more than two dozen buildings in a seaside town south of Melbourne.
At the heart of the facility is technology that can remove salt and
supply as much as 150 billion liters (40 billion gallons) of water a
year, or about a third of the city’s consumption.
world’s driest inhabited continent, largely hasn’t needed more than A$8
billion of desalination plants built in response to the so-called
Millennium Drought, and critics have portrayed the Victorian project as a