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Desalination by Country 2024

Desalination is a technique used to filter water that contains salt and convert it into more usable water or refined for potable (drinkable) water. There are over 16,000 desalination plants in 177 countries. Many are micro plants, especially used to create cleaner water used for fracking in oil extraction.

Here is a list of large operating desalination plants that have a daily capacity of 100,000 cubic meters per day or are the largest plant in a particular country.

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Country
# of Plants
Total Capacity (m3)
Total Capacity (yd3)
United States413795,9581,041,073
Egypt821,400,0001,828,135
United Arab Emirates10304,400398,140
Algeria92,120,0002,760,000
South Africa725,65033,515
Australia71,625,0002,123,000
Singapore6869,880
Saudi Arabia52,708,9903,543,410
Israel51,699,0002,221,000
Kuwait52,238,0002,927,000
India2200,000260,000
Sweden27,98010,443
China1200,000260,000
Mexico127,64836,162
Germany1150,000200,000
Morocco1400,000520,000
Kazakhstan174,00097,000
Chile1100,000130,000
Palestine1600785
Oman1281,000368,000
Qatar1160,000210,000
Bahrain1272,760356,760
Cyprus164,00084,000
Malta120,00026,000
Maldives111,00014,000
Barbados130,00039,000
Aruba142,00054,958
Cayman Islands12,400,0003,139,080
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Desalination by Country 2024

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Desalination by Country 2024

Which country uses the most desalination?

Saudi Arabia relies most on the desalination process, Over 70% of its potable is converted by Reverse Osmosis (RO) from seawater - over 1,036,000 m3 daily.

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