American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Desalination leading to Salinity Variations in Kuwait Marine Waters

Ahmad E. Al-Dousari

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2009.451.454

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 5, Issue 3

Pages 451-454


Problem statements: The salinity of seawater is a critical issue for desalination process. Approach: The salinity changes in the coastal waters of Kuwait due to large scale power and desalination activity were evaluated. Results: Systematic sampling campaigns were planned to cover the uptake and outfall of the desalination plant spreading evenly the sampling points to cover the freshwater input zone of Arabian Gulf in north. The salinity observations are critical both for the desalination process and for integrity of the marine environment, which is critical in case of Kuwait. Conclusion/Recommendations: The results showed compliance of Kuwait EPA salinity standard in the area with a difference of around 4 ppt salinity increase at outfall compared to uptake zone.


© 2009 Ahmad E. Al-Dousari. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.