The WSC has today published a tender aimed at addressing the damaged Xatt l-Aħmar pipeline.
The existing submarine outfall at Ras il-Ħobż, l/o Għajnsielem, Gozo, was installed way back in 1998 and serves for the discharge of treated sewage effluent from the Gozo Sewage Treatment Plant to the sea. It extends offshore for about 140 metres and reaches a depth of about 80m. Over the years, the last 38 metres of this pipeline was completely blocked and replacement of this stretch of pipeline by a new one is necessary. The project shall consist of three main tasks;
1. Preliminary survey of the existing submarine pipeline and seabed.
2. Removal of the blocked/out-of-use portion of the submarine pipeline from the seabed, and its proper disposal.
3. Fabrication, transportation and installation of a new submarine pipeline on the same alignment of the old pipeline and connecting it with the remaining pipeline.
Such infrastructure is damaged through the improper use of the urban sewer system. It is very important that only human toilet waste and degradable toilet paper are discharged in the system.
Any other materials damage and severely impair the capacity of both the network and treatment plants.
CEO Richard Bilocca explained that, ‘This project together with other important initiatives in collaboration with both the Ministry for Energy and Water Management and the Ministry for Gozo aims to ensure a longterm solution to current impediments.”
The call for offers for these works closes in the coming weeks and documents are available on http://www.wsc.com.mt/tenders/