Victoria ignored advice to order desalinated water in 2012 and regional communities are still paying the price, Water Minister Lisa Neville says.

She’s ordered $637 million worth of water – 50 gigalitres – from the Wonthaggi desalination plant, which has sat idle since it was completed. Ms Neville said the previous water minister, Peter Walsh, had rejected advice in March 2012 to order water from the plant. “He provided his own little…