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Sydney gets its first taste of desalinated water

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Sydney's controversial water desalination plant has been switched on. The facility at Kurnell, in the city's south, can provide up to 250 million litres of water a day. Water produced at the plant is now being pumped into Sydney's main water supply for the first time. It will travel through a pipe to Erskineville in the inner west where it will mix with water from other sources. The Premier Kristina Keneally turned on the pump earlier this afternoon, and then tasted the water which she said was delicious. Ms Keneally says the plant can provide up 15 per cent of Sydney's water needs. "That's a great outcome," she said. "To be able to say to the people of Sydney 'this desalination plant is securing water supply for now and into the future.'" Sydney Water says the desalination plant will run non-stop for two years - after then it will only be switched on if dam levels fall below 70 per cent. The plant has taken more than two years to build and has cost $1.9 billion. It is one of the largest desalination plants in the world Both the opposition and the Greens oppose the plant.

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