2017 International Conference - Cutting Edge Solutions to Wicked Water Problems
Meeting Field Trip



Tour to Sorek Desalination Plant
"The World's Largest and Most Advanced SWRO Desalination Plant"

Sunday, September 10
12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM

Register by: Aug. 21 (limited to 55 participants)
Cost: Tour is $10. Roundtrip transportation by bus to and from TAU

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.

Overview of Facility:
Capacity: 624,000 m³/day (26,000 m³/hour)
Technology: Reverse Osmosis (RO)
Project Type: Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)
Location: Sorek, Israel
Footprint: 100,000 m² (10 ha)
Commission Date: 2013

Technological leadership - innovative design incorporating vertical arrangement of 16" membranes in a large-scale facility, resulting in a reduced footprint hence saving costs. Also utilizes IDE's proprietary Pressure Center Design, Double Line Intake and ERS (Energy Recovery System) for increased efficiency and reduced energy consumption.
Competitive pricing - sets 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.


 Desalination Plant

Tentative Schedule:
Noon: Meet the AWRA-TAU organizers in the in the conference lobby.
13:00 - 13:30 - travel to the Sorek Desalination Plants (south to Tel Aviv)
13:30 - 15:30 - Tour at Sorek Desalination Plants with IDE guide
16:30 - 17:00 - Return to Tel Aviv University