More than €100 million is being invested by the Water Services Corporation in projects, which it said will “guarantee a better future for the next generations”
The Minister for Energy and Water Management Joe Mizzi and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia made the announcement today.
Minister Mizzi said that he was “proud to launch this ambitious plan to improve water management in Malta at all stages of use – from production to disposal.”
One of the projects is to construct a new reverse osmosis plant at Hondoq in Gozo, producing around 9,000 cubic metres of water daily, thereby ensuring self sufficiency in water production on the island.
They explained that the overall plan, which WSC will embark upon over the coming years, will see an investment of more than €100 million, a significant amount of which comes from European funds.
Minister Mizzi said that the project will affect a large number of factors, such as the protection and sustainable management of groundwater. The Corporation will also launch another project to improve both the efficiency and the quality of water, as well as working to ensure a more secure supply for the island. The Minister said that another important part of the project is related to drainage.
The Corporation will spread its network, he said, while will also solving the problematic areas suffering from repetitive damage.
Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia said that at its core the project aims to address a challenge that is to lead to the country’s progress on water consumption.
He explained that this project has been allocated € 92 million from the EU Cohesion Fund to ensure that the implementation of these plans.
Aaron Farrugia went on to say that the work started in 2014 through a Partnership Agreement with the the European Commission, which identified water as a resource that needs major interventions.
This resulted in the Operational Programme being drawn up, with a number of measures and projects to ensure the safety of water supply due to lack of water resources and population density, improvements in water quality and sustainable management as well as mixtures of various resources targeted for maximum efficiency of resource use.