TEHRAN, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- A water desalination plant, with a capacity of treating 10,000 cubic meters of saltwater daily, was launched in northeastern Iran, EghtesadOnline reported on Saturday.
"The private sector invested some 6.8 million U.S. dollars in the project, which will alleviate the shortage of potable water in the cities of Bandar Torkaman and Gomishan (in Golestan Province)," Energy Minister Reza Ardekanian was quoted as saying.
The plant will supply drinking water to 17,000 consumers, said Ardekanian.
The government plans to invest 453 million dollars in the industry to meet the demand of Iranians, especially those in border areas, the minister added.
Mohammad Hadi Rahmati, the managing director of Golestan Province Water and Wastewater Company, said that the construction of water desalination plant started four years ago with the participation of Iranian South Raadab Engineering Company.
"Using reverse osmosis technology, the plant purifies water by removing all bacteria, viruses and microbes," Rahmati said.
Reverse osmosis is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules and larger particles from drinking water.