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  • Want to save water? Businesses and Hotels provided with benchmarks
    litres and 5 star hotels use 462 litres per guest night Offices consume 25 litres of water per employee per day manufacturing enterprises 24 and manufacturing enterprises where a number of employees also shower use 46 litres per employee per day Businesses and hotels can use these benchmarks to identify higher than usual consumption and guide their decision to start saving water stated Geoffrey Saliba the Malta Business Bureau s EU LIFE Investing in Water Project Manager It seems fitting that while the EU is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the LIFE programme a LIFE project gives something tangible to the community the benchmarks are our contribution and celebration of 20 years successful environmental funding These are the most detailed set of water consumption benchmarks for hotels and businesses published in Malta to date They are based on in depth water audits carried out amongst 38 businesses and hotels earlier this year Apart from revealing current consumption patterns the audits also revealed areas where a decrease in consumption can be achieved The paper shows that service water that used in toilets showers and wash hand basins accounts for between 38 and 86 of hotels total water consumption and between 5 and 98 of a business consumption However although comprising a significant percentage of an enterprises consumption no standards exist in these facilities As a result flow rates in showers vary from 4 to an excessive 12 litres per minute while flushing cisterns vary in size from 6 to 15 litres The EU LIFE Investing in Water Project s paper publishes recommended standards flow rates of 7 litres per minute for shower flows 5 litres per minute for wash hand basin flows and a toilet flushing cistern volume of 6 litres The benchmarks help enterprises identify excessive consumption and act to

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  • Acting to save water on World Water Day
    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

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  • Groundwater quality deteriorating - Bowser licenses cancelled
    is an important resource for many commercial enterprises This groundwater is freely extracted by bowser suppliers and is therefore normally cheaper than potable water supplied by the Water Services Corporation WSC Enterprises have however explained that 1st class bowser water has over the past few months become more difficult and expensive to source MEPA s latest The Environment Report lists nitrate levels in 90 of Malta s groundwater bodies at above acceptable limits of 50 mg l EU LIFE Investing in Water Project s Water Expert Marco Cremona said The problem with groundwater is not limited to pollution as we are also consuming more than we sustainably can While we recommend that businesses only purchase groundwater from licensed suppliers through the EU LIFE Investing in Water Project we are also providing information and assistance to businesses and hotels on the importance of water conservation and measures to reduce their consumption Project Manager Geoffrey Saliba drew attention to the ongoing water audits carried out by the Project team aimed at identifying water saving solutions for businesses and hotels Following the onsite water audits we provide technical assistance and information on how to better manage and reduce water consumption The severity of

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  • Minister de Marco launches EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project
    concerns must fit together tightly and dovetail one another this project is precisely one such piece the Minister has added The project is providing enterprises with expertise to identify water savings solutions based on analysis of their water consumption Although the project has only just been launched several hotels and businesses have already engaged the project to analyse their water consumption and carry out water audits Addressing attendees Mr John A Huber President of the MBB the lead project partner explained that The project partnership looks forward to helping these enterprises and many more to reduce water consumption This will also reduce pressure on Malta s scarce fresh water reserves Malta is acknowledged as one of the top ten countries worldwide for water scarcity Groundwater is the only source of fresh water however it is unsustainably exploited In fact 48 more groundwater is extracted than is recharged on an annual basis This over extraction together with nitrate pollution mainly from excessive fertiliser has resulted in only two of Malta s 18 groundwater bodies considered as being in Good Status Malta is already heavily reliant on reverse osmosis desalination plants which produce 55 of publicly supplied water As groundwater deterioration continues the reliance on reverse osmosis will increase Mr Tancred Tabone President of The Malta Chamber stated that The project will be of direct benefit to business and hotels as the reduction in water consumption will also lower their operating costs Water conservation should be one of the main priorities for all business operations as the desalination of water is directly linked to our electricity consumption and operating costs The project engaged the services of Ing Marco Cremona a local water expert who is leading the water consumption analysis and identification of solutions Solutions identified by the project will also be

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  • Businesses and hotels offered help to save water
    local water expert to develop a number of solutions that are tailor made for local companies The project will then offer advice and technical consultation to help companies adopt these solutions Malta Business Bureau MBB CEO Joe Tanti speaking on behalf of the project partnership MBB Malta Chamber and the MHRA said Water is critical to the operations of many businesses and hotels Yet water is a scarce resource which is only getting scarcer The project aims to help businesses be proactive preventing this scarcity from impacting on the sustainability and competitiveness of their operations With only 50 cubic metres of renewable water per capita Malta is acknowledged as one of the top ten countries worldwide for water scarcity According to MEPA s most recent State of the Environment Report 45 of public water used in Malta in 2008 was extracted from groundwater sources Taking into consideration private groundwater extraction in addition to this public extraction it is estimated that the rate of groundwater extraction in Malta is 47 more than the sustainable yield Apart from depleting the quantity of freshwater reserves this over extraction also causes seawater to encroach into the aquifer and increases the salinity of remaining groundwater Moreover Climate Change is expected to reduce the amount of annual rainfall with shorter rainy seasons of higher intensity storms increasing runoff and therefore decreasing opportunity for aquifer recharge and replenishment Unless action to manage water sustainably is taken Malta will have to increase its reliance on desalination through Reverse Osmosis This energy intensive process produces water that is a number of times more expensive than groundwater thus increasing the overall cost of water production and potentially impacting on the competitiveness of industry and hotels The project has already been approached by some businesses and hotels looking to collaborate and

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  • Recruiting Assistants to the Water Expert
    to the Water Expert The MBB s EU LIFE Investing in Water Project is seeking to recruit two assistants to the Water Expert Duties include carrying out water audits in businesses and hotels and presenting follow up reports Deadline for

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  • The LIFE Programme
    Nature and Biodiversity The Nature Biodiversity stream co finances best practice or demonstration projects that contribute to the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Natura 2000 network 50 per cent of the LIFE budget for project co financing is dedicated to projects eligible under this stream LIFE Information The Information stream co finances communication and awareness raising campaigns on environmental nature protection or biodiversity conservation issues as

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  • How To Save Water: Water Saving Solutions
    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 with a repayment period of around 5 year Online Self Assessment Tool is rainwater harvesting for you Our online self assessment tool can evaluate the potential for treating sewage in your premises The tool assumes that you will use treated sewage only for the flushing of toilets however a more in depth study could reveal other uses of treated sewage effluent If you would like an indication of other uses book a water audit here Read more Grey water treatment Greywater treatment involves taking wastewater from showers and wash hand basins treating it and re using it in certain applications Read more Rainwater harvesting Money doesn t grow on trees but water does fall from the sky Read more Toilets It is quite easy to reduce the flushing volume as there are several solutions

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