Grey­wa­ter Re­cy­cling Sys­tem in­au­gu­rated in He­len Keller Re­source Cen­tre

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Grey­wa­ter Re­cy­cling Sys­tem in­stalled in Hellen Keller Re­source Cen­tre that will en­able the re­use of treated wa­ter for gar­den ir­ri­ga­tion was in­au­gu­rated by Pres­i­dent Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. The in­stal­la­tion is part of the glob­ally recog­nised Al­ter Aqua pro­gramme, which was in­tro­duced in 2011 in the Mal­tese Is­lands by The Coca-Cola Foun­da­tion, aim­ing at pro­mot­ing the use of non-con­ven­tional wa­ter re­sources, such as rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, stormwa­ter man­age­ment, grey­wa­ter re­cy­cling and treated waste­water re­use, as a sus­tain­able way to in­crease wa­ter avail­abil­ity and adapt to cli­mate change at lo­cal level.

In her ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Coleiro Preca said that one of the ben­e­fits of the new sys­tem is the re­duc­tion in the pro­hib­i­tive costs of the vol­ume of wa­ter used for the cen­tre’s Jacuzzi, which of­fers es­sen­tial hy­dro-ther­a­peu­tic treat­ment to the chil­dren and young adults who rely on the cen­tre adding that “thanks to the in­stal­la­tion of this sys­tem, wa­ter is be­ing treated and reused to also se­cure ben­e­fits to other parts of the cen­tre. In­deed, along­side hy­drother­apy, the cen­tre’s gar­dens are re­ceiv­ing ir­ri­ga­tion with­out plac­ing un­due stress on lim­ited fresh­wa­ter re­sources.”

“For al­most six years through Al­ter Aqua we have suc­ceeded to pos­i­tively im­pact the lives of 39,000 peo­ple in the Mal­tese Is­lands by col­lect­ing and reusing more than 16 mil­lion litres of wa­ter on an an­nual ba­sis. We recog­nise that these im­pres­sive re­sults are be­cause of the power of col­lec­tive ac­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion of the pro­gramme’s part­ners. I am cer­tain that we wouldn’t have been so suc­cess­ful if we didn’t have part­ners that share the same vi­sion and val­ues for build­ing thriv­ing and pros­per­ous com­mu­ni­ties. We can do so much to­gether that each of us alone” stated Maria Mi­callef, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, GSD Mar­ket­ing. Ltd.

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