22 AUGUST 2001
The Water Services Corporation is in the process of exporting its own technology after a contract was made with American marketing company Ocean Power.
Through its workers at the Corporation the local company is ready to issue Reverse Osmosis Plants to other companies around the world.
"When speaking to The Financial and Business Times the Chairman of the Water Services Corporation Mr Michael Falzon, said that such work is already taking place by the Malta Desalination Services, a company which is 100 per cent owned by the Water Services Corporation.
Reverse Osmosis Plants are being made for hotels in Malta. Mr Falzon said that Ocean Power will be acting as sub-contractor for the Water Services Corporation in this field.
At present 31.4 million m3/year of desalinated water are being produced from four sea water Reverse Osmosis Plants and one brackish water Reverse Osmosis Plant, but this is a rather expensive procedure. In 1993, of the total produced wastewater estimated at 23.7 million m3, about 1.82 million m3 was treated and 1.56 million m3 of this was reused.
The Water Services Corporation provides the legal support to an effective national water resources management which manages the supply and demand of potable and non-potable water.
The Water Services Corporation Act, enacted in 1991, serves as the
legislative backbone and incorporates all the legal tools and institutional
framework to deal with every situation in the water sector in Malta
and to coordinate all the activities concerned in full awareness of
the environmental constraints and national socio-economic requirements.
The Corporation will also be responsible, once the relative parts of
the Act come into force, for wastewater collection and treatment.