Maintenance works completed at Ramla valley, Gozo.
The Ministry for Gozo is continuing in its effort to increase rain water harvesting capacity in valleys. This is being done by cleaning the valleys and therefore preserving rain water in various valleys in Gozo. Such a measure forms an integral part of the ecoGozo action plan. A number of valleys which have been cleaned include, Wied ta Zejta, Wied tal-Grazzja limits of Rabat, Wied tar-Ramla limits of Xaghra, Wied tal-Ort limits of Ghasri, Wied tal-Barumbara limits of Ghajnsielem and Wied ta Marsalforn and Wied l-Infern limits of Zebbug. This initiative results in an increased water retention capacity of 46,000 cubic meters in Gozo.
The Hon. Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo, visited ongoing works at Ramla Valley. As part of the valley maintenance works, new retaining walls were built in order to preserve agricultural soil from being lost at sea. This project is being co-financed through the Alter Aqua programme. Minister Refalo expressed his satisfaction that as a result of such works, this area, which is also a very popular area with both locals and tourists, is being restored.
Alter Aqua is a multi-stakeholder programme bringing together the international organisation Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-Med), the Coca-Cola system in Malta (The Coca-Cola Company Malta and General Soft Drinks Limited) and the Ministry for Gozo as a partner and beneficiary. It aims to mobilise the use of non conventional water resources in the island of Gozo, such as rainwater harvesting, greywater and wastewater reuse, as a sustainable solution to address water scarcity issues, due to resources depletion, rising demand and climate change. Alter Aqua is primarily funded by a Coca-Cola Foundation grant of $800,000 (around E560,000).