Victoria's multi-billion dollar, much-maligned desalination plant has finally begun topping up Melbourne's water storages after years of laying dormant.

Plans for the plant at Wonthaggi were announced in 2007 and its construction completed in late 2012 but it took until Sunday for the first water to flow into the Cardinia Reservoir. If Water Minister Lisa Neville has her way, much more is to come. Following in South Australia’s footsteps,…