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Waste water recycling project will reduce ground water extraction

The mobile water polishing plant which is taken to fields.

The mobile water polishing plant which is taken to fields.

A €22 million water polishing project will produce some seven million cubic metres of recycled drainage water for industry and agriculture by 2015, Energy and Water Minister Konrad Mizzi said this morning.

He made his comments as he visited Project Moriso, a pilot project in Bulebel.

The project consists of a micro waste water treatment plant that can process 45 cubic meters of sewage a day and a Mobile Polishing Plant which is taken to fields to improve water quality which is then used for specific crops.

Some 40 farmers in the Bulebel area are currently benefiting from Project Morisio, utilising recycled water.

Dr Mizzi said this project would be extended to the water recycling plants in Gozo, and in the south of Malta.

The Water Services Corporation  will install a distribution infrastructure from the sewage treatment plants to a number of strategic locations in Malta and Gozo, where there is a concentration of agricultural activity.

The water will then be taken to the fields by bowser.

The project is being carried out by the Water Services Corporation and funded in the most part by the European Structural Fund. 

Dr Mizzi said the main aim of the project was to reduce the amount of water extracted from the water table.

He said the Cabinet would this week be discussing a National Water Plan.

 

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