The company has made the announcements in the end of October 2018. For the distribution of new water in the south of the country, a 43 km network and 242 automated dispensers will be used.
The Gozo Reverse Osmosis has been awarded to the company AST – Clean Water Technologies for a total value of €11 million including VAT. AST has a worldwide presence with headquarters in Israel. It worked on projects in Europe, China, the USA, South America and Africa, among others. Its solutions are also supported by multinational cooperation of research and development centers based in Israel, Europe and the USA.
The Gozo project
The Gozo project received the green light from the Planning Authority on September 27, 2018 and works will start as soon as possible after the required contracts are signed in the coming weeks. The Reverse Osmosis will have the capacity to produce 9,000 m3 of fresh high-quality water per day. Gozo has so far predominantly depended on ground water and on a submarine pipeline from Malta. This investment will offer the island of Gozo a secure supply, drastically improved quality, while ensuring the sustainability of the island’s water table. The plant reaches high efficiency levels using just 3.1 kwhr per meter cubed produced at a production cost of around €0.40.
Another important link in this comprehensive project is the distribution of new water. The Corporation has three plants that are recycling water to exceptional quality and channeling it for agricultural use. Two of these plants have been inaugurated in the past months and these are now being complemented with a more robust and intensive network. A tender that is projected to incorporate an investment of over €10 million has just been issued and this will provide solid connections in a number of areas including parts of Xghajra, Zabbar, Kalkara, M’Skala, Zejtun and M’ Xlokk.
The Water Services Corporation has worked on the concept of providing a viable, high-quality alternative to ground water abstraction for many years. The fruit of all the research and in-house design and construction by WSC’s technical experts is already helping and will continue to help Malta’s environment and water sustainability, when at the same time giving a new lease of life to the agricultural community.
Source: Water Services Corporation