More reservoirs belonging to the Water Services Corporation will be used to install solar panels.
The WSC Chief Executive Richard Bilocca, told TVM that apart from collecting water, the reservoirs will also be used for the generation of clean energy using solar panels, as is already happening with the reservoirs in Fiddien.
Mr Bilocca announced that a call for tenders will soon be issued for more solar panels to be installed on reservoirs around Malta and Gozo.
More than 3000 solar panels have already been installed on the reservoirs in Fiddien, limits of Rabat, which is considered to be the first community solar farm in Malta.
“I think this is one of the largest solar farms in Malta, it is a massive project. As a Corporation, we did not stop there and in the next few weeks we will be issuing tenders for a number of other reservoirs which will be put to similar use,” he said.
The WSC has more than 20 reservoirs which can store more than 400 million litres of water.
Mr Bilocca explained that there are two types of reservoirs. The large ones which are used to store water as well as those in which water from the Reverse Osmosis plant and water from the water table can be mixed together.
“The one in Qrendi and the two in Ta’ Qali are as large as the ones in Fidden, Naxxar and Luqa. The one in Luqa, for example, is almost five acres, and the one at Ta’ Qali is even larger, and Fiddien is even larger than that. That means that there we have a cushion so that if there are interruptions at one reverse osmosis or another, we can compensate for it by using a reservoir”.
Smaller ones in Zurrieq and Marsascala are used to strengthen the water distribution network in that locality.
Mr Bilocca said that the reservoirs will be a crucial part of the project which the WSC is currently working on.
He said that from the tunnel which is being built from the largest Reverse Osmosis in Pembroke to the reservoirs in Ta’ Qali, they will be passing a new fibreglass main pipe. He explained how the water quality will improve because water from the water table will be mixed with water from the Reverse Osmosis plant.
“Before this, we used to pass the water through steel pipes, which made it aggressive and it used to corrode the water, so we used to have to add stone to the water. Water from the water table already contains stone, as it has a lot of salts, so now by mixing the two types of water in this way, we will be improving certain parametres which affect the taste.”
Mr Bilocca said that the way in which the network is designed means all the localities in Malta will have the same water quality. He explained that this will be possible because the reservoirs will be linked with one another.