TMID Editorial: Conservation of Malta’s Most Important Resources

Everyone must play their part to ensure efficient use of water. It’s a simple message, but it’s still a very important message for our country.

There are no rivers or lakes in Malta, and no excess water to do what we like. There is not much rain in winter and little rain in summer. Water is an important resource that we must use wisely.

Groundwater is the main source of freshwater in Malta.

In an interview with Malta Independent on Sunday, Manuel Sapiano, CEO of the Energy and Water Agency, showed how difficult water management is in the country.

However, if Malta continues to manage groundwater within a comprehensive water management framework, the risk of groundwater reaching critical levels is at risk as long as everyone plays their part in the efficient use of water. There is none.

The Maltese people use less water than the EU average. This is already good news. He also said that over the years it means that the reverse osmosis process will be more efficient and less groundwater will be used during the process. New initiatives such as Newwater, which treats farm irrigation wastewater, have also helped, and once fully operational, they should account for 30% of agricultural water needs.

Groundwater was less used in the 80’s and 90’s, but thanks to its efficiency, the groundwater aquifer is stable or is recovering in some areas. The problem areas are still agricultural areas, but efforts are being made to solve this problem. Studies show that farmers aren’t wasting water, so it’s a case of finding a way to replace the groundwater they’re currently using, and Newwater is one way to tackle this.

But this does not mean that we can just start wasting water. You need to be careful. There is an easy way for all of us to play our part. First, if you have space for a well, or better yet, if you have an unused well, consider making good use of it and using the collected rainwater. Farmers can build a reservoir. We can all make the use of water at home more efficient. For example, do not leave the water running. If your house has a really old toilet, buy a more modern toilet that uses less water to flush.

Using less water will also save you money. According to Sapiano, block prices in Malta are rising, with the first 90 liters per person per day being relatively affordable to ensure fair access to the right amount of drinking water for all. It’s a price, but if someone exceeds it, the price will be significantly higher. Charges apply.

Things have improved over the last two decades, but thanks to both management systems and better technology, we need to be vigilant.

Abuse of Malta’s groundwater can have disastrous consequences for Malta.

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