“New Water” is highly polished reclaimed water, which can be used for agriculture, industry, landscaping and other applications. This reclaimed water is produced in 3 polishing plants built by the Water Services Corporation during the 2007-2013 programming period. The major one in Ta’ Barkat in the south of Malta can produce 9,600 cubic metres per day. The plants at Ic-Cumnija in the north of Malta and in Ras il-Hobz in Gozo have a capacity of 6,400 and 3,200 cubic metres per day respectively. These plants can reach a total production volume of 7,000,000m3 per year.
Our aim is to achieve a ‘net-zero impact’ on the natural water cycle, whereby groundwater being abstracted will be replaced, directly or indirectly, by means of a number of measures, including the production and subsequent delivery of new water.
New Water will be available through hydrants which can be accessed by electronic cards. At this stage of the project only three hydrants are available in the North region of Malta. The WSC is planning to develop three networks (North, South and Gozo) to increase the number of hydrants available, and thus reduce the use of water bowsers.
Applications for electronic cards will be available online, and may be submitted at a dedicated customer-point at ARMS Ltd., Blata l-Bajda.
The date when applications for New Water access cards will be accepted will be announced in the near future.