Seawater quality and microbial communities at a desalination plant marine outfall. A field study at the Israeli Mediterranean coast.

@article{Drami2011SeawaterQA,
  title={Seawater quality and microbial communities at a desalination plant marine outfall. A field study at the Israeli Mediterranean coast.},
  author={Dror Drami and Yosef Z. Yacobi and Noga Stambler and Nurit Kress},
  journal={Water research},
  year={2011},
  volume={45 17},
  pages={5449-62}
}
Global desalination quadrupled in the last 15 years and the relative importance of seawater desalination by reverse osmosis (SWRO) increased as well. While the technological aspects of SWRO plants are extensively described, studies on the environmental impact of brine discharge are lacking, in particular in situ marine environmental studies. The Ashqelon SWRO plant (333,000 m(3) d(-1) freshwater) discharges brine and backwash of the pre-treatment filters (containing ferric hydroxide coagulant… CONTINUE READING