Water Conservation Can Be Fun, And Here's Where You Can Learn All About It In Malta
Calling all eco-warriors, students and teachers
Water shortage is a bit of a problem here on our island. True, we’re surrounded by the sea, but there's actually very little natural fresh water anywhere across Malta and Gozo. Most of us aren’t aware of how we can preserve water, and the work involved to produce the drinkable water which we find regularly in our taps.
Well, you don’t have to worry as much now, because a new initiative called Għajn is explaining how you can do your part in saving Malta’s water!
1. They provide useful information
The water conservation centre in Rabat, Għajn is aimed at educating people of all ages on what they can do to make better use of water on our islands. It provides information and an array of activities including ways on how to reduce our overall water consumption, day-to-day.
2. School outings come part-and-parcel
Schools and teachers can benefit from classes at Għajn's centre, meaning that educators can check off a new outing for the coming scholastic year. As part of the Educational Measures under a LIFE Integrated Project, schools can also benefit from free transport to the centre!
3. Their programmes target all ages
If you're six-years-old and up congratulations - there's something at Għajn for you. Educational programmes such as the Hydrated Knight, the Water Cycle and the Water Hero target primary school students, while the Water Manager programme on the other hand targets 11- to 13-year-old students. These programmes are also very useful for those students who have chosen environmental studies.
4. They've got international backing
Għajn has teamed up with the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) to further strengthen their educational programmes. With their help, Għajn has developed interactive games, an educational resource pack and many other innovative ways to enhance the students’ learning experience when visiting the centre.
5. The best kind of experience is an interactive one
The centre stresses awareness on water conservation in an interactive manner. Students get to learn about the water cycle, water management and the importance of water conservation in a fun environment.
6. They’re open all week
Għajn is open every day from 9am till 4pm during the week and the entrance to the centre is free of charge, however a pre-booking is recommended by emailing [email protected] As of October, Għajn will be providing small group visits for adults at the centre.
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Sponsored By Energy & Water Agency
The Energy and Water Agency is a Government Agency within the Ministry for Energy and Water Management tasked with formulating and implementing national policies in the energy and water sectors, with the ultimate aim being that of ensuring security of supply, sustainability and affordability for all.
The Agency dedicates a significant share of its resources to the annual execution of planned budgetary and manifesto measures, together with the carrying out of the respective EU Acquis. This means the implementation of legislation and policies related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, electricity and gas security of supply, the internal energy market, water demand management and sustainability of the water supply-base.
The Agency is also entrusted with the direct running of key national projects and the empowerment of key stakeholders to implement such projects. Examples of such project include: the Malta-Italy Gas Pipeline Interconnection, Communal Solar PV Farms, Conversion of Street Lighting into LED Technology, Għajn – the National Water Conservation Awareness Centre and Valley Rehabilitation Projects.