The process which will lead to Malta’s third River Basin Management Plan has been launched today, in line with the requirements of the EU’s Water Framework Directive.
The directive requires EU members to seek to achieve good status in each water body, and to produce RBMPs for each river basin district in their territory. The plans cover water bodies including all surface freshwaters, groundwater, ecosystems that depend on groundwater, and coastal waters out to one nautical mile.
At a press conference, Water Management Minister Michael Farrugia observed that the government had made significant investments in the field, in a bid to improve the operations of the Water Services Corporation and to diversify the sources of water in Malta. The projects, he added, would ensure an improvement in the drinking quality of water.
On his part, Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia highlighted the importance of water bodies in sustaining ecosystems. “As an island, it is in our interest to have a concrete plan for the effective management of water,” he said, adding that this became more pertinent as a result of climate change.