Action C.11: Exploitation of deep saline aquifers
Concrete action

The objective of this action is to develop a pilot abstraction, treatment and discharge system to enable the exploitation of deep saline groundwater. Malta’s most important aquifer system, the Mean Sea Level aquifer system, consists of a freshwater lens floating on seawater and therefore this aquifer is bounded by saline water at the sides and the bottom. Recent technological improvements are making the exploitation this saline water possible. This could offer an important opportunity for the development of alternative means of supply to the currently available sources of water, thus alleviating the pressure on natural water resources. 

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The expected result of this action is the testing of an innovative approach towards the exploitation of deep saline aquifer systems. This shall involve the developed one pilot plant which makes conjunctive use of different water technologies.