Minister for Home Affairs Michael Farrugia, together with Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri, Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi and WSC CEO Richard Bilocca visited the site of the former sea-water distillation plant in Ħondoq which will house the new reverse osmosis plant for Gozo.
CEO Richard Bilocca said, “This one million Euro investment project is a gem in itself as it will not only include the best available technology but it will also reach the highest environmental standards, both in terms of the surrounding environment and energy efficiency.”
The new RO plant will have the potential to produce 9,000 cubic metres of water per day and will render the sister island completely self-sufficient in the provision of water thereby eliminating the use of the existing undersea pipe from Cirkewwa, Malta.
Works on the plant will continue throughout the year and are expected to be completed by early next year.
The RO plant for Gozo is one of the many projects aimed at upgrading the water quality in Malta. ‘Towards a Net Zero-Impact Utility’ is a Eur 100M+ project which is led by WSC and co-financed through the EU Cohesion funds.
Following an inspection of the works being carried out so far, Minister Farrugia together with Minister Camilleri and WSC CEO Richard Bilocca visited the pumping station in Xewkija and the wastewater region where they were greeted by the Corporation’s employees.
They also visited the Sewage Treatment Plant at Ras il-Ħobż, Għajnsielem where recently, a very complex underwater operation was carried out to replace the broken section of the Gozo sewage outfall.
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