Sorek I Desalination Plant (Israel)

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



The Sorek desalination plant is one of a kind and the largest seawater desalination plant operating with 16’’ elements in a unique vertical arrangement.  

It provides potable water for millions of people, comprising 20% of the municipal water demand in Israel, thus greatly contributing to the country’s water system resilience (while minimizing the environmental impact).

In 2018 IDE sold Sorek 1 desalination plant to Dan Capital. The sale was required under a deal agreed by IDE with antitrust (competition) authorities allowing IDE to bid on a BOT tender for a second SWRO desalination plant at Soreq.

  • Capacity: 640,000 m³/day
  • Technology: Reverse Osmosis (RO)
  • Water Source: Seawater
  • Contract type: BOT For 25 years
  • Usage: Potable Water
  • Location: Rishon Le Zion, Israel
  • Customer: Israel Water Authority
  • Commissioning date: 2013


  • Unique Engineering Design

     16’’ vertical membrane arrangement

  • 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

  • The largest plant of its type at the time of awarding


  • 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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