Production of Brine Worldwide (image) United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health Share Print E-Mail Caption Desalination is an essential technology in the Middle East and for small island nations which typically lack renewable water resources. Eight countries -- the Maldives, Singapore, Qatar, Malta, Antigua and Barbuda, Kuwait, The Bahamas and Bahrain - can meet all of their water needs through desalination. Six others can meet over 50 percent of their water withdrawals through desalination: Equatorial Guinea, UAE, Seychelles, Cape Verde, Oman and Barbados. (download image in high-res: http://bit.ly/2ReUuNA) Credit UNU-INWEH Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.