Drought Response Desalination

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We are seeking planning approval for a drought response desalination plant at Belmont.

Drought response desalination was part of the NSW Government’s 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan as a last resort for drought security. While the likelihood of having to construct the desalination plant is low, we need to seek planning approval now so we are ready to build, should we need to in the future.

An environmental impact statement (EIS) has been developed for the proposed desalination plant, which outlines key features of the project and assesses its potential environmental, social and economic impact.

Submissions on the EIS are

We are seeking planning approval for a drought response desalination plant at Belmont.

Drought response desalination was part of the NSW Government’s 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan as a last resort for drought security. While the likelihood of having to construct the desalination plant is low, we need to seek planning approval now so we are ready to build, should we need to in the future.

An environmental impact statement (EIS) has been developed for the proposed desalination plant, which outlines key features of the project and assesses its potential environmental, social and economic impact.

Submissions on the EIS are now closed. To view the EIS or the submissions, visit the DPIE Major Projects portal.

We want to hear your views as we go through the planning stages. For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, join the Discussion Board or contact us.


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  • Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day

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    about 2 years ago

    Hunter Water is proud to support this year’s Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Friday July 20 at Pelican Foreshore Park.

    Come and say hi to the Hunter Water team and discuss planning for the temporary desalination plant at Belmont.

    We’ll have some interactive water wise activities for the kids including our educational Virtual Reality headsets. And don’t forget to bring your water bottle to fill up at Hunter Water’s Hydration Station.

    More details on the Eastlakes Facebook page.

    Hunter Water is proud to support this year’s Eastlakes NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Friday July 20 at Pelican Foreshore Park.

    Come and say hi to the Hunter Water team and discuss planning for the temporary desalination plant at Belmont.

    We’ll have some interactive water wise activities for the kids including our educational Virtual Reality headsets. And don’t forget to bring your water bottle to fill up at Hunter Water’s Hydration Station.

    More details on the Eastlakes Facebook page.

  • In the News: Hunter Water desalination plant plan for Belmont remains 'emergency measure'

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    about 2 years ago


    Read more in the Newcastle Herald.


    Questions or Comments?

    Join the conversation on the Discussion Board or send us your question through the Q&A forum.

    If you would like more information, you can call 1800 066 243 or email tempdesal@hunterwater.com.au.



    Read more in the Newcastle Herald.


    Questions or Comments?

    Join the conversation on the Discussion Board or send us your question through the Q&A forum.

    If you would like more information, you can call 1800 066 243 or email tempdesal@hunterwater.com.au.


  • Media release - Insurance against a future drought

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    over 2 years ago

    See the latest media release about planning for Hunter Water's temporary desalination plant.

    Questions or Comments?

    Join the conversation on the Discussion Board or send us your question through the Q&A forum.

    If you would like more information, you can call 1800 066 243 or email tempdesal@hunterwater.com.au.


    See the latest media release about planning for Hunter Water's temporary desalination plant.

    Questions or Comments?

    Join the conversation on the Discussion Board or send us your question through the Q&A forum.

    If you would like more information, you can call 1800 066 243 or email tempdesal@hunterwater.com.au.