2003 News Story

Desalination cheaper than importing fresh water

Minister of Water Dr. Ghazi Al-Quseibi has confirmed the results of a feasibility study requested by the Ministry of Planning and carried out by the government of Japan. The results, showing that the cost of bringing fresh water from Japan using tankers returning empty after delivering petroleum, is twice the cost of producing potable water through desalination, support the opinion of the water ministry, which has now ruled out that option.