Energy Minister Joe Mizzi visits Reverse Osmosis site at Hondoq
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Joe Mizzi Minister for Energy and Water Management, together with the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, have visited the Water Services Corporation site at Hondoq ir-Rummien, built in the 1960s, where a new Reverse Osmosis for Gozo will be built.
Minister Mizzi explained that the new plant will be commissioned in the buildings that already exist, thus avoiding environmental problems, and produce fresh water for Gozo, eliminating the need to get the water from Malta, ensuring self-sufficiency in water production for the island.
The Minister said that this RO plant will produce up to 9,000 cubic metres per day. In the event of circumstances such as technical problems, the water can be pumped in the opposite direction – meaning if necessary, it can also supply water to Malta, doing so will improve the security of supply of water, he added.
Through this project the quality of water in Gozo will be improved, while also reducing the extraction of water from the aquifer, said Minister Mizzi.
This is one of many projects announced a few weeks ago which the WSC will embark upon over the coming years, and will see an investment of more than €100 million, with an allocation of € 92 million from the EU Cohesion Fund.
The Minister for Gozo expressed her “heartfelt thanks to Minister Mizzi, Water Services Corporation CEO Bilocca and all the Gozo team for their sterling work and strong collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo.”
Also present were members of the Water Services Corporation. Visits were also made to the Xewkija Sewage District Office, the Xewkija Water Region and the plant at Ras il-Hobz in Ghajnsielem, the site of a New Water project – a water polishing plant.