The contract has been signed for installation to commence in the coming weeks of the first reverse osmosis plant in Gozo. The project at Hondoq ir-Rummien will cost the Water Services Corporation 11 million euro, and when completed will mean that water production in Gozo will no longer be dependent on Malta.
The contract for commencement of work for the installation of the plant, the first one in Gozo which will transform sea water into quality tap water, was signed by the Water Services Corporation and the Clean Water Technologies company based in Israel, at the site where the plant is to be built. The project will be undertaken at Hondoq ir-Rummien, on a site which belongs to the Corporation. Water used to be distilled at this site in the past. A building which has been in disuse for more than a quarter of a century, and which has architectural value, is to be restored, and the reverse osmosis machinery will be installed inside it.
Energy and Water Management Minister Joe Mizzi stated that this is another step on the road for Gozo to be 100% self-sufficient in water production. More than that, Minister Mizzi added, Gozo will have a very high quality water supply which will continue to improve quality of life in Gozo.
The plant will be capable of producing 9,000 cubic metres of water on a daily basis. To date water for households, establishments and industry in Gozo depended on ground water and an underwater pipeline which connects the two islands.
Minister Mizzi pointed out that this old system did not give the required safeguards, and was neither efficient nor sustainable. The new plant will be one of the most advanced in the world with state of the art technology, and Malta will now be able to share the knowledge it acquired over the years on reverse osmosis plants with other countries who are starting to develop similar technologies.
Water Services Corporation Chief Executive Richard Bilocca said this project is part of an unprecedented 130 million euro investment in the water sector, aimed at giving the consumer a better service and sustaining the ever-growing economy.
Mr Bilocca further stated that “Gozo will benefit from a blend of better water and more sustainability, as through this investment we will be in a better position to safeguard ground water in the best possible way.”
The new plant will cost 11 million euro, and will be partly financed by the European Union.
Jintrebaħ il-kuntratt għall-bini tal-ewwel impjant tar-reverse osmosis f’Għawdex