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Gozo’s Water Challenge

Gozo, along with Malta, are among the most water scarce places in Europe. Gozo faces a critical water scarcity challenge, threatening its water security. Coca-Cola and the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean are working with the Ministry for Gozo and ecoGozo to increase the island’s water availability, thus preserving the island’s way of life for future generations.

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“How can we live without water…?”

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Gozo’s Water Scarcity

The Maltese Islands form the most water poor country in the European Union and one of the ten driest in the world. Due to their small size and limited rainfall, fresh water resources are very limited, while demand is high to cover the dense population and diverse water uses.
Lack of freshwater resources has led to overexploitation of groundwater from the island’s aquifers beyond sustainable levels. Overuse has also lead to saltwater intrusion, salinising the freshwater in the aquifer. This has further restricted the amount of usable available water on the island.

Alter Aqua is a multi-stakeholder programme aiming to tackle these water scarcity issues by mobilising Non Conventional Water Resources (NCWR).

Alter Aqua

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The Farmers

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Joseph Grech

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Karmenu Azzopardi

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Joe Spiteri

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Where is Gozo?

Gozo sits at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 60 miles South of Sicily and 220 miles north of the deserts of Libya.

While it is the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, it measures 14 kilometres long and only 7 kilometres at its widest point. Gozo is usually accessed by ferry from the main island of Malta.

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Life On Gozo

Relatively rural compared to the main island of Malta, this popular tourist destination features untouched countryside, crystal clear seas and charming villages. Gozo was first inhabited in ca. 5,000 B.C, almost seven thousand years ago, when farmers from Sicily migrated to the island. Gozo’s long and diverse history is exemplified by the Ġgantija Neolithic temple which is the oldest freestanding building in the world.
This tranquil island has retained a sense of tradition with a strong emphasis on community and family life. Coming together to share meals forms an integral part of life on Gozo. Consequently some of the most popular Maltese dishes originate on this island. Gozo’s local farmers pride themselves on the flavour and freshness of their produce.

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Boċċi – Malta’s Popular Traditional Game

Boċċi is a popular game played all over the Maltese islands. The game, which is believed to have begun in ancient Rome, is similar to English Boules or the French game of Petanque.

Boċċi was brought to the Maltese islands by the Knights of Malta during the 16th century. It is played on a sand covered surface with each team using small balls. In this video watch Karmenu explain how the traditional game of Boċċi is played.

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Alter Aqua Working for a Sustainable Gozo

Alter Aqua aims to promote the utilization of NCWR , such as rain-, storm- and grey water, to increase water security and contribute to climate change adaptation at local level, in a sustainable, cost-effective way.
To achieve this goal Alter Aqua is installing and reinstating NCWR systems, mainly rainwater harvesting, stormwater retention and greywater recycling systems in selected public buildings. This green infrastructure is coupled with educational, awareness, capacity building and training activities.

Alter Aqua combines the resources of the Ministry for Gozo and the ecoGozo Project, the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med), The Coca-Cola Foundation, the General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd. The Coca-Cola Foundation with the Ministry of Gozo have provided grants to fund the project.

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From Water Scarcity To Solutions

Since 2012, in the frame of Alter Aqua, four rainwater harvesting systems were installed and six rainwater harvesting systems reinstated in public schools, the Gozo Experimental Farm and the Ministry for Gozo, demonstrating the potential of collecting and reusing rainwater in small facilities, as well as securing water for irrigation. The Gozo Football Stadium has had a grey water reuse system fitted, which treats water from showers and reuses it for irrigation of the football pitch.
Increasing rain water harvesting capacity in valleys is another important part of the Programme. The example of the Alter Aqua intervention in Ramla Valley shows how by cleaning the valleys and securing the retention capacity with side rubble walls, rainwater is being better preserved throughout Gozo. In total it is estimated that annual water retention has increased by 14,000 cubic meters.

Alter Aqua

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Alter Aqua Video Game

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Alter Aqua: Rainwater Harvesting in Gozo

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Preserving Gozo For Future Generations

Instilling the values of sustainable water management to the next generation is essential. Consequently, education forms a major component of Alter Aqua . More than 3,200 students have been educated and 255 teachers have been trained on NCWRs and sustainable water use, using the Alter Aqua educational material, developed by the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE), Nature Trust Malta and GWP-Med. By teaching the next generation how to responsibly manage the island’s scarce water resources, the people of Gozo are ensuring that their future is as bright as their past. Please find more information about the Alter Aqua educational programme here .

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