Sorek I Desalination Plant (Israel)

The largest and most advanced SWRO plant of its kind in the world



The Sorek desalination plant sets significant new industry benchmarks in desalination technology, capacity and water cost.

It provides clean, potable water for over 1.5 million people, comprising 20% of the municipal water demand in Israel, thus alleviating the country’s potable water shortage while minimizing the impact on terrestrial and marine environments.

  • Capacity: 624,000 m³/day (26,000 m³/hour)
  • Technology: Reverse Osmosis (RO)
  • Project type: Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC), Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT), Operation & Maintenance (0&M)
  • Location: Israel
  • Footprint: 100,000 m² (10 ha)
  • Commissioning date: 2013


  • Competitive pricing

    Establishes a new benchmark for low cost of desalinated water in BOT projects.

  • Environmental responsibility

    Minimizes marine, shoreline and land impacts thanks to pipe jacking of long and large diameter pipelines, smart structural design and sludge treatment for reduced energy and chemical consumption.


  • Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2015, MIT Technology Review

  • Desalination Plant of the Year 2014, Global Water Intelligence (GWI).

  • Highly Commended Water Deal of the Year 2012, Global Water Intelligence (GWI).

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