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First pipe laid in Victorian desalination plant construction

Workers have laid the first of 84km of pipes that will deliver desalinated water to Melbourne, as part of Australia’s largest desalination plant.

Construction on the Victorian desalination plant, which began in September, has so far included the excavation of 900,000m3 of earth and the pouring of building foundations.

The project will see desalinated water flowing to Melbourne, Geelong, Western Port and South Gippsland from the end of 2011, and will be capable of carrying up to 200bn litres of water a year.

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