Contract signed for reverse osmosis in Hondoq, work to start shortly
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The contract for the new state of the art reverse osmosis in Hondoq, Gozo, was signed this morning, with works expected to start in a few weeks.
AST – Clean Water Technologies was awarded the tender in October for the development of a reverse osmosis in Hondoq, Gozo, at a total value of €11 million including VAT. The project is co-financed through EU Cohesion funds.
The contract was signed by Boaz Shitzer on behalf of AST Clean Water Technologies, it was also signed by Anthony Cachia, Director General of Contracts.
The Water Services Corporations said that this €11 million investment “will provide Gozo with a water supply that in terms of quality, security, efficiency and sustainability will be second to none.”
It added that, “from day one upon completion, Gozitans and the increasing number of visitors to the Island of Gozo, will start benefiting from an improved service.”
The ceremony was presided over by the Energy Minister Joe Mizzi, Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana and the Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds Aaron Farrugia.
Energy and Water Minister Joe Mizzi, expressed his satisfaction that this project, which was announced just a few months ago, has already reached a critical stage.
He said that most of the preparatory work has been done, environmental studies have been completed, and permits issued and approved unanimously by the Planning Authority.
The Minister for Gozo said that through this capital project, Gozo will have a high quality water supply and Gozo’s demand for water will no longer be dependent on Malta – with the risks that this can bring.
Dr Caruana added that this project is an integral part of the Ministry for Gozo’s vision for qualitative projects that make a difference in people’s lives as well as improving the level of the quality of life for Gozo in general.
She sale that it is “a landmark EU funded project in Gozo ensuring security of water supply, upgrade in the quality of water, state of the art technology and methodology and the rehabilitation of a dilapidated property in one of the best spots in Gozo.”
Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia, said that the project of €11 million is part of a holistic plan for water financed through European funds.
“Through this project, Gozo will meet the high European criteria with respect to the quality, safety, efficiency and sustainability of the water supply.
“The project is also a clear demonstration that Gozo is benefiting from their fair share of European funding through measures that are directly affecting the quality of family life on the island, said Farrugia
The project in Hondoq received the green light from the Planning Authority on the 27th of September this year.
The Reverse Osmosis will have the capacity to produce 9,000 cubic meters of fresh high quality water per day. Gozo has so far predominantly depended on Ground Water and on a submarine pipeline from Malta, said the WSC.
“This investment will offer the island of Gozo a secure supply, drastically improved quality, while ensuring the sustainability of the island’s water table.” The WSC added that the plant reaches impressive efficiency levels using just 3.1kwhr per meter cubed produced at a production cost of around 0.40c.
Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri