Seawater desalination is a completely non-rainfall dependent source of water.
With the amount of rainfall expected to continue decreasing, and Australia's population on the rise, seawater desalination is being adopted as part of an integrated approach to managing water supply and demand.
Veolia Water has been responsible for more than 200 desalination plants around the world and has built 15 per cent of the world's desalination capacity.
Globally, Veolia Water is responsible for desalination plants in Spain, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Israel. Veolia Water is the main entity responsible for the operation and maintenance of what is currently the largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world at Ashkelon in Israel, which produces 320 million litres of drinking water per day.
Veolia Water is responsible for the long term operations of seawater reverse osmosis plants with a combined production capacity of more than 1,000 million litres per day of potable water.