The National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia has welcomed new research showing most Australians accept desalination as a valuable part of the mix augmenting traditional public water supply for water security.
Researchers from Deakin, Victoria and Murdoch universities today released their NCEDA-funded report Public Perceptions of, and Responses to, Desalination in Australia at a symposium in Melbourne.
NCEDA CEO Neil Palmer says public acceptance of the need for desalination for water security was found to be particularly high in Perth, Western Australia, where nearly one half of public drinking water is now produced from the city’s two desal plants.
Mr Palmer says he expects that acceptance of desalination nationwide would be shown to be even higher than it was if research was conducted during harsh drought years.
He added that the report into public perceptions, led by Deakin’s Dr Tanya King, also showed there were lessons to be learnt by state governments and project proponents over public consultation on desal plants.
Mr Palmer is available for interview on 0417996126 or firstname.lastname@example.org