250 homes to get free support to conserve water under new campaign

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The Minister for Energy and Water Joe Mizzi, has said that around 250 homes will be receiving free support to improve their water use.

This is part of a new national campaign launched today called ‘Water Be The Change.’ The campaign is set to run for the next three years and is aimed at encouraging the Maltese population to conserve and use water more efficiently.

Among the activities explained at the event, include the introduction of a mobile unit which would visit each location in Malta and distribute water saving kits in around 250 homes, 5 public offices and 50 farms. This will include the, ‘replacement or retrofitting of appliances.’

The CEO for the Energy and Water Corporation Manuel Sapiano, explained that everyone was invited to apply to one of the homes or businesses which could benefit from the scheme.

Sapiano stressed that given the increases in domestic need and the economy, there was a serious requirement to proactively prepare for the future.

This programme will also include educational awareness about water consumption and conservation across the different sectors of Malta. The project is understood to cost around €14 million and is being part financed by the European Cohesion Fund.

Mizzi said that the project was key to making the country more sustainable and efficient in its water use in the coming years.

‘Together, we can make a big difference in the way water is used in Malta,’ Mizzi said.

Toilet flushing and shower time

Based on research gathered on water consumption, showers and toilet flushing were proving to be the biggest use of water in households.

Sapiano explained that people are spending more time in the shower when it would advised to spend only 5 minutes. He added that around 6 billion litres of water could be saved, resulting in a 3% reduction in energy demand.

‘This shows how a small change can have a big effect if it is undertaken by many people … The point of the campaign is that what the individual does is important,’ the CEO said.

More about the campaign can be found here