Basin Plan

Water ministers on cusp of ‘momentous’ Murray-Darling Basin Plan decision

14 December 2018

ABC Rural
14 December 2018

Water ministers are on the cusp of a “momentous” decision on the Murray Darling Basin Plan that could see the controversial rescue plan delivered in full.

The imminent deal, which could be reached as soon as Friday afternoon, follows years of political bickering, with basin states often refusing to negotiate, or threatening to walk away from the $13 billion plan altogether.

The future of Adelaide’s largely abandoned desalination plant is also likely to be discussed when water ministers meet in Melbourne on Friday.

The ABC understands increased desalination has been touted as a possible measure to reduce Adelaide’s reliance on the River Murray for drinking water, and to ease pressure on the river system.

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