Pumping seawater from coastal aquifers for supplying desalination plants


  • Antonio Pulido Bosch University of Almería
  • Pablo Pulido Leboeuf University of Almería
  • Juan Gisbert Gallego University of Almería




Coastal aquifers, Desalination, Drilling methods, Drilling muds, Borehole logging, Well casing, Development.


The lack of water in the coastal areas demands an onerous search for an appropriate solution. One solution is that of water transfer from areas of surplus, but this is itself problematical. Technological developments have introduced the possibility of utilizing desalinated seawater as a drinking water source at a competitive price. Abstraction from coastal aquifers that are connected to the sea appears to be the cheapest means of supply. However, pumping poses some problems due to the corrosiveness of seawater. These problems include the difficulties of choosing suitable sites for the abstractions, drilling method, casing, filter pack, as well as the design of a monitoring system to assess aquifer behaviour as a result of the generally high exploitation rate. The 31 boreholes that have been drilled in the Andarax Delta near the city of Almeria are cited as an example of a real application.

Author Biographies

Antonio Pulido Bosch, University of Almería

Department of Hydrogeology 

Pablo Pulido Leboeuf, University of Almería

Department of Hydrogeology

Juan Gisbert Gallego, University of Almería

Department of Hydrogeology




How to Cite

Pulido Bosch A, Pulido Leboeuf P, Gisbert Gallego J. Pumping seawater from coastal aquifers for supplying desalination plants. GeA [Internet]. 2004Jan.12 [cited 2021Aug.3];2(2):97-108. Available from: https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/GEOACTA/article/view/105.000001431