Belmont Temporary Desalination Plant

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Hunter Water is seeking planning approval for the possible construction of a temporary desalination plant at Belmont. This temporary plant is our insurance policy in a worst case scenario if the Hunter reached critical water storage levels in unprecedented drought conditions. The plant would only be built after a suite of water saving, drought response measures were introduced across the Hunter.

While the likelihood of having to construct the plant is low, Hunter Water needs to get planning approval now so our community does not face severe water shortages if the worst case scenario eventuates.

Planning Process

Temporary desalination was part of the NSW Government’s 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan as a last resort for drought security.

Hunter Water has started the planning approval process by opening up Community Engagement and working on an Environmental Impact Statement to support our development application to the NSW Department of Planning.

Hunter Water land, adjacent to the Belmont Wastewater Treatment Works, was selected for the temporary plant after a multi-site analysis looked at factors such as costs, power supply, environmental and community impacts. Ongoing environmental assessments will look closely at each of these factors as we move through the planning process.

This webpage is your chance to use your voice and give Hunter Water feedback on plans for the temporary desalination plant at Belmont. We really 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.


Hunter Water is seeking planning approval for the possible construction of a temporary desalination plant at Belmont. This temporary plant is our insurance policy in a worst case scenario if the Hunter reached critical water storage levels in unprecedented drought conditions. The plant would only be built after a suite of water saving, drought response measures were introduced across the Hunter.

While the likelihood of having to construct the plant is low, Hunter Water needs to get planning approval now so our community does not face severe water shortages if the worst case scenario eventuates.

Planning Process

Temporary desalination was part of the NSW Government’s 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan as a last resort for drought security.

Hunter Water has started the planning approval process by opening up Community Engagement and working on an Environmental Impact Statement to support our development application to the NSW Department of Planning.

Hunter Water land, adjacent to the Belmont Wastewater Treatment Works, was selected for the temporary plant after a multi-site analysis looked at factors such as costs, power supply, environmental and community impacts. Ongoing environmental assessments will look closely at each of these factors as we move through the planning process.

This webpage is your chance to use your voice and give Hunter Water feedback on plans for the temporary desalination plant at Belmont. We really 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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