Desalination turns seawater into drinking water, creating a reliable water supply that doesn't depend on rain. Water from the desalination plant, like dam water, is treated to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and is regulated by NSW Health.
The National Water Commission's Emerging trends in desalination report reviews research and emerging trends in dealination technology from across the globe.
Sydney's desalination plant
Sydney Desalination Plant is one of the largest operating desalination plants in the world. Located on the coast at Kurnell, it sources its water from the Tasman sea. The plant is operational when dam levels fall below specified thresholds.