The Ministry for Gozo committed to reduce water consumption in Gozo
The Ministry for Gozo’s efforts to reduce water consumption in Gozo were presented at the 6th World Water Forum (Marseille, France, 12-16 March 2012) by the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med).
In line with the Ministry’s Eco-Gozo Action Plan 2010-2012, the Ministry of Gozo is co-funding the Alter Aqua project, a two-year water saving and water re-use project, aimed at collecting more than 4 million litres of rainwater each year and using treated wastewater for irrigation. The program includes the installation and repair of rainwater harvesting systems and non conventional water systems (such as grey water reuse systems), educational and awareness raising activities at schools, as well as capacity building workshops for technicians and local authorities.
The Alter Aqua project is co-funded by the Coca-Cola System in Malta (The Coca-Cola Company and General Soft Drinks Limited) through a €560,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Company’s primary philanthropic arm, as part of Coca-Cola’s global commitment to water stewardship.
The World Water Forum is the largest global meeting of the water community taking place every three years and gathering more than 30,000 participants. The aim of the Forum is to mobilise creativity, innovation, competence, knowledge and awareness in favour of water. It also gathers all stakeholders around today’s local, regional and global issues and enhances action that cannot be undertaken without a multi-stakeholder approach.
The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo expressed satisfaction about the fact that the Alter Aqua project being held in Gozo has been accepted by this renowned international forum as a good example of a possible solution within the context of the global water problem. She said that through continuous commitment, this project which is in its early stages, promises to become a reality. Minister Debono added that this is another project in favour of the environment that conforms with the government’s commitment towards a sustainable future.
This was one of a series of projects in favour of increasing rainwater catchment, embarked upon by the Ministry for Gozo. These projects which are also part of the Eco-Gozo action plan 2010 – 2012, which includes cleaning of valleys, building of rubble walls, building of 8 reservoirs by Gozitan NGOs and Local Councils, as well as educational campaigns aimed to increase awareness about better use of water. In the coming weeks, the Ministry for Gozo will launch the campaign Naqqas u Ffranka which includes home-visits by trained personnel giving advice to Gozitan residents on how to decrease water consumption and other energy saving practices.
The main aim of the Alter Aqua Project is to advance the use of Non-Conventional Water Resources (NCWR), particularly regarding rainwater harvesting together with innovative techniques and methods in Mediterrenean communities who are affected by scarcity of water.
More information about the Alter Aqua project held in Gozo can be obtained through this link: "Non-Conventional Water Resources, and in particular Rainwater Harvesting, as a cost effective practice for water availability and climate change adaptation at local level in water scarce Mediterranean communities" .