Countries that Desalinate the Most Water

Which countries produce the greatest quantity of desalinated water?
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Liters
Answer
2180 bil
Saudi Arabia
1975 bil
United Arab Emirates
1250 bil
Kazakhstan
631 bil
Algeria
605 bil
Qatar
586 bil
Israel
580 bil
United States
Liters
Answer
364 bil
Spain
330 bil
Oman
242 bil
Bahrain
200 bil
Egypt
200 bil
Iran
144 bil
Australia
136 bil
Jordan
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Level ∞
Feb 1, 2020
So how much water does Saudi Arabia desalinate? 2.18 trillion liters sounds like a lot, and it is. It would be enough to fill almost 1 million Olympic size swimming pools. But it's also very small compared to natural bodies of water. It would take Saudi Arabia 5000 years to create enough desalinated water to fill Lake Superior.
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Level 80
Feb 2, 2020
you can still taste it in the water from the tap, too.
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Level 69
Mar 5, 2020
I hope you never drunk tap water there. It's officially not suitable for human consumption.
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Level 81
Feb 1, 2020
Sneaky Kazakhstan and your Caspian Sea.
Oops, I mean soon to be Aral Sea.
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Level 82
Feb 1, 2020
Not many quizzes where the third ranked answer out of 14 is the least guessed (Kazakhstan).
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Level 67
Feb 2, 2020
I got nowhere for a while, until I tapped into the middle east (yes bad pun intended, though nearly unintentional). Ended up with 12, thought I would stay on 2-3 forever.
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Level 80
Feb 2, 2020
Got everything else quickly, but ran out of time guessing random countries and never got Kazakhstan.
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Level 73
Feb 4, 2020
Surprised Peru, Morocco and perhaps Chile not on here. Maybe they lack the money to develop desalination plants, unlike the oil rich states. Surprised the US is,
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Level 61
Mar 5, 2020
Peru and Chile have a lot of natural fresh water sources, so I assume that's why they don't need to desalinate. I was surprised by Libya and Morocco not being on the list though.
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Level 69
Mar 5, 2020
Shocked Kuwait wasn't on the list.
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Level 80
Mar 5, 2020
Kuwait is at or near the top of the list of biggest water importers in the world.
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Level 46
Mar 5, 2020
100% baby
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Level 42
Mar 5, 2020
Missed only Spain :(
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Level 58
Mar 6, 2020
Interesting that so few people got kazakhstan, it was my first one, because it was the only one where i knew of this practice
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Level 66
Mar 6, 2020
Spain was a complete guess for me.
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Level 66
Mar 27, 2020
South Africa needs to hop on the bandwagon soon. I don't know how Cape Town will hold out any longer without extensive desalinization.