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Djerba: Chahed kickstarts first seawater desalination plant in Tunisia

Published the:  02/05/2018

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(TAP) - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed kickstarted the first seawater desalination plant in Tunisia on Wednesday in Djerba.

This station will allow the island to meet its water needs, as well as reduce the water deficit in the country’s south and improve the water quality in the governorate of Medenine.

This megaproject carried out by Tunisian skills with investments of about 180 million dinars aims to meet the needs of the island in drinking water until 2035 and to provide additional resources to other delegations of the governorate, said Chahed.

It brings a significant advantage to the island of Djerba and the entire region and allows it to meet the additional demands and cover the needs of the tourism sector, the Prime Minister added, while noting that the tourist season will be promising this year.

Similar projects are planned in Sousse, Sfax and Zarat (governorate of Gabes), indicated Chahed, while affirming that the necessary credits will be mobilised for this purpose.

The seawater desalination plant in Djerba has a capacity of 50 thousand m3 of water per day, expandable to 75 thousand.

The salinity of raw water, which is 37g / liter, will be reduced to 0.3g / l after treatment. Mixed with other water, it must reach 1.5g / l at the exit of the station, before reaching the consumer