Action A.1: Assessment of the sectoral water demand in Malta and Gozo
The domestic, agriculture and industrial/commercial sectors shall be analysed historically and a demand forecast developed and projected for the next 50 years. This through the development of econometric water demand models, which correlate water demand to expected and prevailing trends in related socio-economic and environmental factors. The forecast will be tested for sensitivity to different assumptions and will also incorporate different scenarios for water demand evolution for each sector. The assessment of water
demand is a key management tool and a prerequisite for good water resources planning. Such assessments support planners throughout the decision-making process on strategic planning and nonetheless on investment appraisals for water supply development. The assessment will also characterise water demand variations and trends on a regional level, in order to develop an understanding of spatial variations in water demand and foreseen changes to which water production and distribution infrastructure will need to respond.
An expected result is the development of progression reports on the current water demand characteristics and a water demand model which can forecast and assess future water demand for the next 50 years of the three most important
water use sectors in the Maltese Islands. This action will provide water managers and policy makers with the necessary baseline data to manage current management problems and plan for future water management scenarios.