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  • ECO-Certification recognises Investing in Water Project hotels
    hotels can meet criteria in the water related section of the ECO Certification scheme Commenting on the agreement signatory Josef Formosa Gauci MTA CEO said This agreement synchronises the Malta Tourism Authority and stakeholder efforts making it easier for hotels to achieve environmental sustainability upgrade their product and promote themselves The signatory on behalf of the MHRA CEO Andrew Agius Muscat commented Tourism is a fast evolving sector and hotels need to constantly improve their product to keep up with international competition Through the EU LIFE Investing in Water project hotels can not only green their operations and cut costs but also gain increased access to an important internationally recognised scheme improving their attractiveness and accessibility to potential customers MTA surveys reveal that 57 of inbound tourists are willing to pay 8 more for environmentally friendly accommodation 1 A potentially powerful marketing tool the ECO Certification scheme established in 2002 and administered by the MTA provides hotels with a means of promoting their environmental sustainability socio economic responsibility and cultural sensitivity Since 2012 the scheme has gained international credibility as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council acknowledged that the MTA s ECO Certification scheme meets its own standards and endorsed it This increased local certified hotels exposure amongst international tour operators 2 Several major tour operators such as TUI and Dertour are today using the ECO Certification logo on their websites and brochures to inform and attract conscientious tourists to local certified hotels Currently there are a total of 23 hotels which are ECO certified 10 five star hotels 10 four star hotels and 3 three star hotels The EU LIFE Investing in Water Project is assisting 38 hotels to date MBB signatory CEO Joe Tanti concluded by encouraging more hotels to strengthen their product by applying for ECO Certification and

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/News/ECO+Certification+recognises+Investing+in+Water+Project+hotels/1713 (2016-02-12)
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  • MBB encourages 2nd class water policy
    consumption The latest such water audit was at the Paradise Bay Hotel where a grey water unit reduces the hotels consumption by an estimated 35 Grey water units recycle waste water from showers and wash hand basins into 2nd class water used in the flushing of toilets The unit has helped the 4 Paradise Bay Hotel use less 1 st class water per guest night than the average 3 hotel in Malta Several hotels and factories have already taken the initiative to collect rainwater or internally recycle and use treated waste water as 2nd class water More enterprises would adopt such systems if a national policy facilitating the implementation of in house recycling units and rainwater harvesting was adopted This could result in many thousands of tons of potable water being saved every year by Malta s businesses and hotels stated Geoffrey Saliba MBB s EU LIFE Investing in Water Project Manager Such a policy would contribute directly to easing pressure on Malta s groundwater bodies WSC supplied tapwater is a 45 groundwater and 55 reverse osmosis water mix with groundwater being additionally relied upon predominantly by the agricultural sector The latest NSO publication shows that in 2012 at least 59 more groundwater was extracted than is sustainable The publication also shows that extraction has increased by 3 4 every year since 2004 The result of over extraction is increased salinity and hence deteriorating quality of remaining groundwater reserves Ing Marco Cremona water expert engaged by the MBB s EU LIFE Investing in Water Project stated The gradual substitution of 1st class water with 2nd class water where appropriate will result in a reduction of 1st class water demand This will reduce stress on the aquifers and dependence on Reverse Osmosis production lead to less flooding and a reduced load

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/News/MBB+encourages+2nd+class+water+policy/1584 (2016-02-12)
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  • World Water Day brings water savings closer to businesses and hotels
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/News/World+Water+Day+brings+water+savings+closer+to+businesses+and+hotels/1555 (2016-02-12)
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  • Corinthia Hotels first to implement MBB’s Water Saving Recommendations
    the hotels are also planning to replace most of the bathroom shower heads with more efficient ones This will help them save some additional 8 000 000 litres of water a year Various other initiatives and recommendations are being studied in detail and will be gradually introduced if found to be feasible Commenting on the company s current investments Mr Bugeja said This initiative represents only a small part of the total investment that the group has made in its Malta hotels over the last four years Various other initiatives have been taken to upgrade the product improve guest services and at the same time identify opportunities for efficiency and cost savings A typical project saw a major upgrade at the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa including guest rooms business centre and public rest rooms over a 4 year period Moreover in energy efficiency initiatives alone the company has to date invested 700 000 at its three Malta hotels alone The ultimate aim of course is to ensure sustainability throughout our operations especially in these challenging times The Corinthia s water saving programme was developed based on a set of water saving recommendations presented by the MBB s EU LIFE Investing in Water Project MBB CEO Joe Tanti complimented the Corinthia on being the first hotels to adopt the project s recommended water saving solutions and saving enough water in one year to water a Mediterranean forest of 15 000 trees for three years He explained that through the project the MBB and its partners the MHRA and the Malta Chamber aim to help enterprises reduce their water consumption To this end the project website has been transformed into a resource for enterprises wishing to save water Water saving solutions are described on the website successful case studies feature to

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/News/Corinthia+Hotels+first+to+implement+MBB+s+Water+Saving+Recommendations/1168 (2016-02-12)
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  • Black-water (sewage) treatment
    st class potable drinking water Do you really need potable water to flush toilets with irrigate plants use in scrubbers chillers or wash vehicles with Treated sewage effluent also known as TSE or blackwater can meet the water required in several applications mainly toilets and irrigation It is worth examining your enterprises operations to identify the quantity of water being consumed in these applications Once you know the demand for 2 nd class water you can identify whether it can be met by treating sewage How can you treat sewage All domestic wastewater generated by an enterprise is funnelled into a treatment plant The treatment plant consists of sedimentation tanks as well as tanks where bacterial treatment takes place The most sophisticated of systems may include further state of the art treatment capable of producing 1 st class potable water from the effluent To treat sewage a minimum quantity of 100m3 of wastewater needs to be generated per day A space of at least 250m2 then needs to be available for the plant Costs involved in treating sewage Treating sewage produces a cheap source of water estimated at 0 90 per m3 Costs for equipment start at around 120 000

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/Save+Water/Black+water+sewage+treatment/989 (2016-02-12)
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  • Grey-water treatment
    1 st class potable drinking water Do you really need potable water to flush toilets with irrigate plants use in scrubbers chillers or wash vehicles with Greywater can meet the water required in several applications mainly toilets and irrigation It is worth examining your enterprises operations to identify the quantity of water being consumed in these applications Once you know the demand for 2 nd class water you can identify whether it can be met by greywater recycling How can you recycle greywater Firstly wastewater from showers and wash hand basins needs to be collected separately to that from toilets This wastewater then normally is passed through filters to remove suspended mater some systems also include bacterial filtration The water is normally then chlorinated at which point it can be re used Several technologies are available on the Maltese market The project calculates that a minimum water consumption of 25m3 daily is required to make such an investment financially feasible The minimum space required is around 25m2 the size of a small yard Costs involved in recycling greywater Recycled greywater is a very cheap source of water estimated at 0 40 per m3 Costs for equipment start at around 60

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/Save+Water/Grey+water+treatment/988 (2016-02-12)
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  • Rainwater harvesting
    dissolved chlorides or calcium this makes it ideal for use in industrial reverse osmosis or water cooled chiller applications It is worth examining your enterprises operations to identify the quantity of water which does not need to be of potable standards Once you know the demand for 2 nd class water you can identify whether it can be met by rainwater Annual supply roof area 0 55 for Malta How can you harvest rainwater All you need is a collection area storage treatment and a means of distributing the rainwater to your preferred application The collection area is normally a roof the storage area is traditionally an underground cistern These cisterns however can be expensive to construct and waterproof particularly on premises where they need to be retrofitted Luckily there are nowadays cheaper alternatives on the market These include above ground tanks and modular underground tanks Treatment can be as simple as a screen to filter particles out of the rainwater to a reverse osmosis and UV purification system to treat the water up to 1 st class potable standards It depends on your individual requirements and engaging an expert consultant is recommended Distribution involves pumping the treated rainwater to

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/Save+Water/Rainwater+harvesting/986 (2016-02-12)
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  • Toilets
    your bowl for internal leaks on a regular basis these can waste tons of water a year if undetected Water saving bags These bags are placed in the flushing cistern and displace a fixed amount of water decreasing the flush volume Different sizes of bag area available to fit different sizes of cisterns Prices range from 1 50 to 2 00 per unit Dual flush toilets These toilets have a half flush mode for liquid waste and full flush mode for solid waste Coupled with an awareness raising programme amongst users they can be an effective water saving fixture Push button line flushing Push buttons can normally be adjusted by removing the cap and screwing the spring into its minimum setting This releases the smallest amount of water permitted by the producer Manual flush control Some toilets allow for operator controlled flushing where the toilet flushes water for as long as a button or a flap is pushed This allows the user to adjust the flush volume according to the nature of the waste being discharged as is considered to be a very water efficient flushing device In bowl leakages Warning severe water loss can easily be prevented by monitoring

    Original URL path: http://www.investinginwater.org/Save+Water/Toilets/984 (2016-02-12)
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