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Groundwater (Prohibition of Discharge to Groundwater Bodies) Regulations, 2021


From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
(Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: ​26 April 2021
Running till: ​24 May 2021
​Last Updated: ​26 April 2021

1.        Background​

Groundwater is the most important source of freshwater in Malta, contributing significantly to the national water demand. In a scenario where water resources are very scarce due to the semi-arid climatic conditions of the islands, the need to safeguard the quality of freshwater sustained in limestone aquifers gains significant importance. Within this context, the quality of Malta’s groundwater needs to be safeguarded by preventing pollution from human activities.

For this purpose, regulations are being proposed to prohibit further direct discharges to groundwater bodies and strengthen regulation of indirect discharges.

The scope of these regulations is to strengthen existing regulations addressing water policy by protecting further groundwater bodies in line with the obligations of the Water Policy Framework Regulations (S.L. 549.100), the EU Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) and related legislation.

2.        Consultation Questions
In line with Article 55 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549) the public is invited to make submissions to ERA with their comments as to why and how these regulations could be amended.

3.        Documents
4.        Submission of input
Submissions must be sent in by email to the address:

Submissions must be received by 24 May 2021.                             
We thank you in advance for your input.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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