The urgency to halt work on the two mega-projects - the N-S pipeline and Wonthaggi desal factory, has just reached a new extreme, according to economists and environmentalists.
Summed up by here by Kenneth Davidson, Fairfax Media senior columnist.
“But let’s face it. Even drinking A-grade water would be safer than drinking water from the existing fire-affected catchments after heavy rains have washed potash and fire retardant into the reservoirs. To convince Victorians that there is no alternative to drinking recycled water is the real task of statesmanship over the next few weeks and months, so they can begin the immediate upgrade of the Carrum treatment plant and install the pipes to divert water from the affected catchments to the plant and back into the Melbourne’s water grid.”