Cleaning of two valleys in Gozo
Minister for Gozo visited Wied l-Infern, limits of Zebbug and Wied tal-Barumbara, limits of Ghajnsielem, where extensive valley cleaning was done. The main purpose was to clean the valleys and increase the water retention capacity to store rain water during the rainy season. In the year 2012 no valleys were cleaned. The Hon. Minister Refalo showed his gratitude towards the work by the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate, who were also present during this visit so as to explain the works involved in this initiative.
As done in previous years, good fertile soil which was removed from these valleys was collected and transferred to other government project sites to be utilised for afforestation projects. Farmers will also benefit greatly from this cleaning activity as they will have more rainwater to be used for agricultural purposes. This will result in reducing the extraction of ground water which in turn will increase the possibility of groundwater replenishment.
Apart from the cleaning of valleys, maintenance work in already cleaned valleys is being carried out. In fact, the Ministry for Gozo is currently restoring rubble walls at Ramla Valley through funds from the Coca-Cola Foundation under the Alter Aqua project which is managed by the Global Water Partnership in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo.