Gabes: Zarat seawater desalination plant enters testing phase
13/06/2024 18:43, TUNIS/Tunisia

Tunis, June 13 (TAP) - Work on the seawater desalination plant at Zarat (Gabes governorate) has been completed, Ahmed Soula, CEO of the National Water Exploitation and Distribution Utility (SONEDE), told TAP on Thursday.

The station is currently in the testing phase and it will be operational very soon, providing an important lever for the drinking water sector in the south-eastern region, he said.

This project is part of SONEDE’s strategic programme to develop water resources in the South East and ensure their availability until 2035.

The plant, which will benefit around 1.1 million people, will help to meet the growing demand for drinking water, improve its quality in the governorates of the south-east and avoid the shortage of water resources experienced in recent years, particularly during peak consumption periods.

The Zarat desalination plant is estimated to have a daily production capacity of 50,000 cubic metres (m3), which can be expanded to 100,000 m3. It will benefit the governorates of Gabes, Medenine and Tataouine.

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