Three desalination plants for south Tunisia in 2011

The Tunisian government announced on 30 August 2010 that Société Nationale d’Exploitation et de Distribution des Eaux (SONEDE), the national water agency, had developed a plan for the creation in 2011 of three water desalination plants in the Gabes region at a total cost of more than TND 14 million (US$ 9.4 million).

These projects will benefit the people of Zarrat, Matmata and Manzel Habib, aiming to meet the growing need of the population with drinking water, especially in summer, and improve quality.

In July this year, the € 70 million Djerba desalination contract was awarded by SONEDE and the Ministry of Agriculture & Water Resources to the Groupe Princesse Befesa. It covers design, construction and operation of the plant for 20 years on the island of Djerba in the Gabes gulf.

See Desalination booming in Tunisia.