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Desalination leading to Salinity Variations in Kuwait Marine Waters

Ahmad E. Al-Dousari


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.

American Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 5 No. 3, 2009, 451-454


Submitted On: 22 June 2009 Published On: 30 June 2009

How to Cite: Al-Dousari, A. E. (2009). Desalination leading to Salinity Variations in Kuwait Marine Waters. American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 5(3), 451-454.

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  • Power and desalination plant
  • Kuwait
  • environmental impact assessment