We help municipalities and communities ensure:
- Reduced water insecurity
- Compliance with drinking water standards
- Maximum return on investment
Develop your own seawater desalination programme! Enquire now to find out how.
Desalination creates value from a renewable resource
Seawater desalination plants offer numerous benefits to coastal communities in water-stressed regions:
- Augment and supplement available water sources with high-quality fresh water
- Ensure a constant water supply during droughts or in desert environments
- Eliminate the need to import fresh water from other locations
Desalination aides environmental responsibility
Veolia's cutting-edge seawater desalination technology is able to recover energy from the exceptionally high-pressure membrane processes. This drastically reduces a plant's carbon footprint and operating costs.
Large scale seawater desalination technologies
Veolia Water Technologies has built more than 15% of the world's total seawater desalination capacity using both traditional and cutting-edge desalination technologies.
Reverse osmosis (RO) seawater desalination
Multiple-effect distillation (MED)
Multi-stage flash (MSF)
Hybrid systems (reverse osmosis and thermal seawater desalination)
Help to secure a clean, renewable and consistent fresh water supply by developing your own seawater desalination programme! Enquire now to find out how.
Seawater desalination plant success
Mossel Bay - Western Cape
In 2010, the worst drought in over 130 years caused the southern Cape to be declared a disaster area. Veolia designed, constructed and now operates a turnkey RO seawater desalination plant that supplies up to 15 mega litres per day, effectively mitigating the risk of the town's people and industries running out of high-quality fresh water.
- This seawater desalination plant is ten times bigger than anything previously built in South Africa at the time.
- Maximum capacity:15 mega litres per day
- Water for municipal consumption: 10 mega litres per day
- Water for industrial consumption: 5 mega litres per day
Cannon Rocks & Boknes Communities - Eastern Cape
An RO seawater desalination plant supplies communities with up to 750 m³ of fresh water per day. This plant removes salt, which finds its way into ground water by means of seawater intrusion, from the raw ground water. This plant's water complies with SANS 241 specifications - high-quality drinking water.
Lamberts Bay - Western Cape
Veolia designed, built and commissioned a 1.7 mega litre per day seawater desalination plant for the Cederberg Municipality in the Western Cape to help alleviate growing pressure on the region's water supply. A very tight capital budget required for plant designs to be optimised to allow for a future seawater desalination capacity increase to 5 mega litres per day.
Plettenberg Bay - Eastern Cape
Veolia helped to alleviate a water shortage in Plettenberg Bay by building a 2 mega litre per day seawater desalination plant next to the town's iconic Beacon Isle Hotel. As a key tourist destination, Veolia ensured the plant's footprint was as compact as possible, as well as aesthetically sound.
Knysna - Western Cape
A 2 mega litre per day seawater desalination plant sources water from nearby the Knysna lagoon. Since the plant was constructed close to the town's wastewater treatment works, any brine - highly concentrated saltwater produced by the seawater desalination process - can be discharged along with the treated water, responsibly reducing the risk of excessive salinity in the eco-sensitive region. This plant further features an energy recovery system to significantly reduce the desalination process' energy consumption.