GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
1994: Saudi production of desalinated water reaches cities in the center of the kingdom.

Because of its lack of fresh water resources, Saudi Arabia develops a process to remove salt from sea water (desalination) to serve the water needs of its people. Saudi Arabia currently produces more desalinated water than any other country in the world. This water is used both for drinking water and agricultural irrigation. In 1994, the production capacity for desalinated water had reached 714,218,000 gallons per day -- enough water to cover the needs of the cities on the eastern and western coasts as well as some cities inland. By 2000, the capital city of Riyadh would receive desalinated water from the Gulf, 500 kilometers away.

WWW Water Supply in Saudi Arabia
http://www.fao.org/waicent/faoinfo /agricult/agl/aglw/aquastat/countries /saudi_arabia/index.stm

Country profile of Saudi Arabia regarding its geography and water supplies