Qatar water problem and solar desalination

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The reasons of water problem in Qatar are outlined. The water resources include very limited ground water that is heavily exploited, desalted seawater consuming too much energy and negatively affecting the environment, and treated wastewater that is not fully utilized. Heavy water leakage in the distribution network is an added problem. Water consumption is high due to the government heavy subsidization. The population increase and the rising standard of living are increasing the water demand, and there is clear demand gap that eventually should secured by desalination. Using solar energy can be a sustainable solution that is considered in the paper. Although it is expensive, the prospect of decreasing the cost exist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1250-1262
Number of pages13
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Issue number7-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014



  • Desalination
  • Groundwater
  • Multi stage Flash
  • Qatar water problem
  • Seawater reverse osmosis
  • Solar desalination
  • Thermal vapor compression
  • Treated wastewater
  • Wastewater
  • Water consumption
  • Water demand
  • Water leakage
  • Water resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Pollution

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