AWWA Resources on Desalination


Desalination offers a means of providing fresh water from abundant saline water sources. Its use has historically been most prevalent in coastal areas, treating either seawater directly or seawater influenced groundwaters. However, as desalination technologies have advanced, the availability of conventional fresh water sources has been limited, inland water users have increasingly turned to desalination.



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Water Resources Planning & Sustainability



M69 Inland Desalination and Concentrate Management 

This manual presents the key issues and challenges of developing inland desalination facilities, including concentrate management and disposal methods.



Essential Resources

AWWA Manuals

M69 Inland Desalination & Concentrate Management

This new manual provides technical and planning guidance for inland water utilities that are operating, developing, or considering brackish water desalination. It presents practical information on inland desalination concentrate management approaches, concentrate treatment technologies and management strategies, permitting procedure, environmental impacts, costs, safety, and more.


M61 Desalination of Seawater

M61 contains detailed information on seawater treatment technologies, pretreatment, posttreatment, source water quality, finished water quality, environmental impact, residuals management, plant location and construction, operation and maintenance, costs, safety, and much more.

You may also search decades of articles on this or other topics published in the Journal AWWA, Opflow and AWWA Water Science


2020 Membrane Technology Conference, Phoenix, March 16-20

2020 Water Quality and Technology Conference, Schaumburg, IL, November 15-19

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The following committees are active in addressing desalination issues: