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.

We are moving through the planning and approvals process. An updated proposal which responds to issues raised by stakeholders and our long term planning, is now available to review in a Response to Submissions

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.

We are moving through the planning and approvals process. An updated proposal which responds to issues raised by stakeholders and our long term planning, is now available to review in a Response to Submissions and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Amendment Report.

Submissions received during the public exhibition period are now being reviewed by both Hunter Water and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

We will continue to update this page as planning progresses and encourage you to visit the DPIE Major Projects portal for regular updates and more detailed information including submissions received.