Damaged Ras il-Hobz submarine outfall in Ghajnsielem to be replaced
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The damaged Xatt l-Ahmar pipeline is to be replaced. The Water Services Corporation has said that a tender has now been published, aimed at addressing the problem.
The WSC, in a statement said that the infrastructure is damaged “through the improper use of the urban sewer system.”
The Corporation stressed that “it is very important that only human toilet waste and degradable toilet paper are discharged in the system. Any other materials damage and severely impair the capacity of both the network and treatment plants.”
The last 38 metres of this pipeline was completely blocked over the years, and replacement of this stretch of pipeline by a new one is necessary, the WSC said.
It was in 1998 that the existing submarine outfall at Ras il-Hobz, Ghajnsielem, Gozo, was installed.
The WSC said that it serves for the discharge of treated sewage effluent from the Gozo Sewage Treatment Plant to the sea. It extends offshore for about 140 metres and reaches a depth of about 80m.
The project will consist of three main tasks, namely a preliminary survey of the existing submarine pipeline and seabed. The removal of the blocked/out-of-use portion of the submarine pipeline from the seabed, and its proper disposal. Lastly, the fabrication, transportation and installation of a new submarine pipeline on the same alignment of the old pipeline and connecting it with the remaining pipeline.
Richard Bilocca, the Water Services Corporation CEO explained that, ‘this project together with other important initiatives in collaboration with both the Ministry for Energy and Water Management and the Ministry for Gozo aims to ensure a long-term solution to current impediments.”
The call for offers for these works closes in the coming weeks and documents are available here.