A new plant will eventually produce some four million cubic meters of drinking water each year. Three companies, Aquaduin, Farys and De Watergroep, are active in this pilot project. By 2025, a production site should be able to convert fresh water, brackish water, or sea water into drinking water, up to four million cubic meters per year, which represents the consumption annual meeting of the city of Ostend.
The aim is for Flanders to have enough drinking water at all times, even in times of severe drought. The north of the country has a limited quantity of drinking water. Freshwater stocks are indeed limited, certainly in West Flanders. It is essential to find new, reliable sources of drinking water given the risk of having more and more dry summers in the future, combined with the additional demand from tourists during the holiday period.