We had an overwhelming amount of questions submitted during the second module of the Malta Sustainabilty Forum, ‘Accelerate for Water Security’. We didn’t have time to answer all of them during the live transmission, however we have sourced some answers to your questions from Ing. Ronald Pace, Manager (Desalination Unit) - Water Services Corporation.
Question 1: Many consumers complain that the mains water has an unpalatable taste. What sort of filter would improve the taste of drinking water?Water supplied by WSC to its customers is potable and in line with the requirements of the Drinking Water Directive. Still some customers opt for a carbon filter to control the slight taste of Chlorine. Moreover, the WSC’s mission is to lower the chloride level (salinity) of the water and the multi-million Euro tunnel project from Pembroke RO to Ta’ Qali reservoirs has this particular scope.
Question 2: Is it environmentally sustainable and does it make economic sense to deliver all mains water at top drinking quality, when most of it will go to flushing toilets and washing clothes? Would it make more sense for government to fund water filtering systems in homes to only filter to top quality the water that's used for drinking only?
WSC is required by law to deliver potable water to every household.
Question 3: Why is it that although we have smart meters as yet we still request manual reading of the meter.
This is only carried out as a cross check.