Cheaper bills and healthy water supply appear to be coming for Melbourne. 

Following four consecutive years of above average rainfall Melbourne’s water supply for the year ahead remains secure with water storage levels currently at a healthy 91 per cent.

Following independent technical advice from Melbourne Water based on storage levels, projected weather patterns, and demand, Victoria’s Minister for Water Harriet Shing has announced there is no requirement for a desalinated water order for this year.

The decision follows consultation with metropolitan retail water corporations Greater Western Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water.

The decision will ensure Melbourne’s water bills remain the lowest of the major cities across Australia with a typical household paying $88 less than those in Sydney and $658 less than those in Perth.

The Victorian Desalination Plant is critical to managing Victoria’s water supply amid a changing climate and a future of volatile weather, hotter temperatures and more severe droughts giving the state’s communities, farmers and industry confidence in our future water supply.

While individual seasons or years may see high rainfall, the longer term trend of warmer and drier conditions is expected to continue.

On average, annual water usage is already exceeding the amount of water that can be reliably supplied from our catchment areas alone, particularly in drier years.

The plant supplements Melbourne’s water supplies and storage to avoid severe water restrictions and helps the city better withstand dry years, drought and fires and meet the needs of a growing population.