Acting to save water on World Water Day

To celebrate World Water Day the Malta Business Bureau and MSV Life today teamed up to identify water saving opportunities, through a Water Audit of the MSV premises carried out by the EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project.

“MSV Life is committed to supporting and helping communities sustain a good quality of life, therefore we are very pleased to associate ourselves with this (water savings) project” stated Mr David G. Curmi, MSV Life CEO. “We have already taken steps to keep our water consumption as low as possible, however thanks to expert advice from the EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project we have identified further easily achievable savings.”

The water audit highlighted areas of best practice – one of the MSV Life premises is already self-sufficient through rainwater harvesting. The audit also revealed that further savings could be achieved by reducing flushing volumes on office toilets and regularly checking the water meter to identify spikes in consumption caused by leaks. The EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project estimates that water used to flush toilets could represent as much as 80% of an offices water consumption, making it possible to achieve significant and easy savings by interventions in this area. MSV Life committed to implementing the recommendations, in line with its ethic as an environmentally responsible organisation.

In reaction to threats faced by natural freshwater resources worldwide, the United Nations declared the 22nd of March World Water Day in 1992, to advocate the sustainable management of freshwater reserves. Freshwater bodies in Malta are also under threat and have deteriorated in recent decades – a trend continuing today. Groundwater stored in aquifers is Malta's major source of naturally occurring freshwater. It is in a poor status with excessive nitrates present in 90% of groundwater bodies, and MEPA estimating that 48% more groundwater is extracted every year more than is naturally replenished.

“MSV Life feels it is important for commerce to do its bit in reducing pressure on Malta's scarce freshwater. We believe in this so strongly that apart from taking in-house action, we have decided to go a step further and financially support the EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project to help other enterprises save water.” concluded Mr Curmi.

Highlighting this morning’s Water Audit of the MSV Life premises, Mr Geoffrey Saliba, the Malta’s Business Bureau’s EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project Manager said “Through the project’s Water Audits we aim to guide businesses and hotels in better managing their water consumption. This will help stop the deterioration of our natural freshwater reserves while also reducing expenses for caring enterprises – a win, win situation for all. ”

The project partners Malta Business Bureau, the Malta Chamber, and the MHRA thanked MSV Life for their support and commitment to environmentally responsible business. The partners also urged their members to take advantage of the project team to identify water saving opportunities in their operations.

The EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project receives 50% co-financing under the European Community’s LIFE funding programme, with the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and the Environment as the main co-financier, further co-financing and sponsorship from Easydry Malta, APS Bank, Island Hotels Group, and MSV LIFE.