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There has been large debate within the community of Sutherland Shire Council concerning the proposed desalination plant at Kurnell The government has announced that this plant will be built to solve Sydneys current water crisis however this comes at a heavy price The 2 billion project will not only cost the government but it will also raise the water bill for Sydney households There are many arguments both for and against this proposed plant and it simply comes down to the question which one is more important The desalination plant uses a process called reverse osmosis Sea water is pushed through a fine mesh to filter out the salt resulting in fresh water It is estimated that the plant will convert 500 megalitres of drinkable water each day during a drought which will supply water for 14 million people a third of Sydneys population This will assure that during drought season Sydneys water supply will not be undermined The desalination plant will also be in use in non-drought periods producing 125 million litres of water per day However this mass desalination of water involves many negative consequences It is argued that this desalination plant is environmentally and financially unsound A plant as large as this would require 900 gig watt hours of electricity each year This would result in a significantly higher output of carbon dioxide emissions which are a main contributor to global warming which in turn is contributing to the water crisis The energy used in this plant is equivalent to the energy use of 120000 households The plant would also produce concentrated salt residue and hot brine which will be dumped into the ocean damaging the marine habitats Marine life will also be at risk of being sucked into the massive pipes with approximately 78000 fish and 52000 invertebrates being impinged each year There are three potential areas as to where the desalination plant will be built It was decided that
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