A new €13 million plan aimed at teaching Maltese people how to use their water more efficiently has been launched today and will include all houses being given a free water-kit as well as a three-year travelling educational road show.
The Minister for Energy and Water Management Joe Mizzi announced the ‘Water Be The Change’, an educational and awareness building drive focused on the optimisation and more efficient use of water resources meant to facilitate a cultural shift in people’s behaviour towards water conservation on the Maltese islands.
“The campaign has the aim of providing everyone with the needed information so action can be taken when it comes to the more efficient use of water. Together we can make a big difference in the way water is used in Malta,” Mizzi said.
The national campaign comes as more and more people become concerned with Malta’s water situation. Malta is ranked among the top five countries having the least amount of renewable water per capita, ahead of desert countries like Libya.
Due to overpumping, contamination, and an abundance of boreholes in Malta, the situation is getting worse day by day.
The ‘Water Be The Change’ campaign will run over three years and will target the domestic, commercial and agricultural sectors.
A mobile unit will visit each town and village in Malta and Gozo where technical staff from the campaign will be able to engage with people and provide advice on how water can be used effectively in the home.
The campaign will also include a scheme through which a number of households and agricultural activities will be supported by physical interventions to enable them to become more water-efficient.
The selected participants to this scheme will become Malta’s ‘Water Champions’, by providing a tangible example to all on how water conservation schemes can be implemented in practice.
The Minister outlined that the scheme will be launched in the coming weeks.