The EU has approved €150 million in funding for a Water Services Corporation initiative, the largest ever Cohesion Policy financing for a project in Malta.
Malta’s seawater desalination plants are being upgraded to produce more water using less energy. The corporation’s ground water abstraction will be reduced by 4 billion litres per year. A new reverse osmosis plant is also being built in Gozo with a production capacity of 9 million litres per day.
There will also be an overhaul of the distribution and blending system, including a new €33 million tunnel from Pembroke to Ta’ Qali. Major upgrades are also being undertaken on the sewage network with new treatment technology being introduced.
A maximum of 7 billion litres a year of recycled water are also being made available to Malta’s farming community through over 70 km of network and over 400 automated dispensers.
The Net Zero Impact Utility project is being described “as a blueprint in terms of water sustainability”, the corporation said, affecting the way water is produced and distributed across Malta and Gozo.
“The approach is so holistic that it will not only lead to a drastic improvement in groundwater conservation, but it will also lead to better energy efficiency and an improved product for the general public,” the Water Services Corporation said.
“The €130-150 million investment balances the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability and will result in a better quality of life also in a context of a rapidly growing economy."