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New non-conventional water resources solutions completed in Malta by Alter Aqua project

Dec 06 2021


The City of Birgu has become the first water saving City of Malta, of the most water-stressed islands on the globe, through the support of the Alter Aqua programme, which has completed the restoration of the rainwater harvesting reservoir in Vittoriosa square dating from the 17 century, and the planned restoration of another reservoir in Birgu’s Municipal Council, the historical Auberge de France. The water saved will be used for landscaping and other municipal uses and has sparked interest in the installation by the City Council of a system for the harvested water to be used for secondary uses in homes.

The reservoir was inaugurated on 25 November 2021 in a ceremony in Birgu City Council Hall by Ms Miriam Dalli, Malta’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development, who stated: “Water resources are a priceless treasure and in this country we have a number of reservoirs which, up to now, have been left abandoned. We want to see more of these projects to ensure that we make the best use of water resources.”
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Source: Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean | website