The Atabal (Málaga) desalination plant

Exploitation of groundwater resources of the Lower Guadalhorce. Atabal desalination plant
Scope of action: Cuenca Mediterránea Andaluza
Total investments: 53,900,000 €

Description of worksState: Works in service

The use of resources of the Guadalhorce reservoirs and underground aquifer, by the Town Council of Málaga, is limited by the lack of water quality. With this action the issue of quality is achieved by the desalination plant and the adequacy of existing facilities. A desalination plant was built for brackish water with reverse osmosis technology and production capacity of 165,000 m3/day was built in order to make full use of the resources. These facilities are located in the vicinity of El Atabal WWTP thus being able to take advantage of existing infrastructures.

The desalination plant in El Atabal entered service in February 2005.