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

The action is necessary as it will test and implement a new approach towards the utilisation of deep saline aquifer systems. This innovative approach will not only combine different technologies but if successful, also provide an alternative source of water and alleviate existing pressures on natural water resources.

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  • The main focus 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. 

  • The action will be tackling the testing of an innovative approach towards the exploitation of deep saline aquifer

  • systems. This shall involve the development of a one (1) pilot plant which makes conjunctive use of different water technologies.

Take a look at the Deliverables for this action.

A report on the exploitation potential of deep saline aquifer system in the Maltese Islands.