Businesses and hotels in Malta and Gozo have this weekend been offered a complimentary tailored consultation package aimed at helping them reduce their water consumption. The offer was communicated to enterprises by the EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project partners the MBB, Malta Chamber and MHRA, in commemoration of World Water Day.
The World Water Day Savings Package includes a water audit, the analysis of two years of water consumption data, training for water management staff, a water saving kit, and water saving signs for guests and employees. Through the package, businesses and hotels will be presented with a report outlining suggested water saving solutions, and training on the implementation and maintenance of these solutions.
The package builds on the partners' experience gained by having helped 69 enterprises identify water saving solutions to date. The solutions offered savings ranging from just a few hundred to over 30,000 euros annually per enterprise, translating into millions of litres of water every year.
“85% of businesses and hotels could save between 10 and 15% of their consumption by adopting a few simple and cost effective water saving solutions.” said the MBB's EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project Manager Geoffrey Saliba. “Through the MBB, Malta Chamber, and MHRA invitation the project is offering businesses and hotels the support they need to consume water more efficiently, cutting down on waste and utility bills.”
The importance of water savings is highlighted by the recently published NSO statistics that groundwater extraction increased by an average of 3.5% per annum since 2004.
Commenting on this increase, Ing Marco Cremona, engaged by the MBB as water expert to the EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project, commented “Malta extracts an estimated 50% more groundwater than is sustainably available every year. The result of this is deterioration in the quality of groundwater bodies. If we wish to preserve our precious and scarce freshwater reserves for future generations, it is critical that Malta reverses this trend, and takes effective measures to ‘make every drop count’.”
The first step in countering over-extraction is widely recognised to be reducing inefficient consumption.
In a personal address to recipients of yesterday's invitation, Joe Tanti, MBB CEO, said “We have made 50 World Water Day Packages available on a complimentary basis. We strongly encourage enterprises to take advantage of this offer, and look forward to being of service to Malta's business and hotel sectors.”
The services are all offered free of charge due to 50% co-financing under the European Community’s LIFE funding programme, with the Ministry responsible for Energy and Conservation of Water as the main co-financier, further co-financing and sponsorship from Easydry Malta, APS Bank, Island Hotels Group, and MSV LIFE.