On Wednesday the federal and state governments announced funding for a business case looking into the Northern Water Supply project.

The announcement flagged that the plan to consider a desalination plant and lengthy pipeline aimed to reduce pressure on the Great Artesian Basin and the River Murray, while supporting the hydrogen, mining, horticulture, pastoral and agriculture sectors.

Tender documents issued last year however indicate the Northern Water Supply project primarily sought to “underpin new resources development” with barely any mention of farming needs.