Countries in the Middle East consume the vast majority of desalinated water in the world, with about 70% of worldwide desalination capacity. The heaviest users are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. North Africa, mostly Algeria and Libya, uses about 6% of world capacity and the U.S. uses about 6.5%, primarily in California and Florida.
The United Arab Emirates, Aruba, Australia, Gibraltar, Israel, the Maldives and Saudi Arabia all rely heavily on desalination. Most of the water supply in Gibraltar and the Maldives comes from this process and the others use it to varying degrees, but all seem to rely heavily on it. The largest desalination plant in the world is in Israel. Other countries that use desalination, but not as heavily as those mentioned, include the United Kingdom, United States, Cyprus, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Countries in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain) use approximately 70% of the worldwide capacity for desalination. North Africa (specifically Algeria and Libya) use approximately 6%. Among the industrialized nations of the world, the United States is one of the largest consumers of desalination (6.5%), mainly in California and parts of Florida.
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