Water Framework Directive

The Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), transposed into Maltese legislation as Legal Notice 194 of 2004 (Water Policy Framework Regulations, 2004) provides for the long-term sustainable management of water resources on the basis of a high level of protection of the aquatic environment.

These Regulations define the Malta Resources Authority as the Competent Authority in Malta in so far as ‘inland waters’ are concerned; with the exception of inland surface waters protected under the Development Planning Act or the Environment Protection Act .  Such inland surface waters are placed under the competency of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.  This web-interface will thereby focus on the groundwater bodies within the Maltese River Basin District.

The overall objective of this legislation is to harmonise water environmental policy and regulation across Europe.  As regards groundwater, the main aims of the legislation can be outlined as follows:

  • Prevention of  deterioration in the status of groundwater bodies;
  • Protection, enhancement and restoration of all groundwater bodies;
  • Achievement of good groundwater qualitative and quantitative status by 2015;
  • Prevention of  and limiting the input of pollutants in groundwater;
  • Reversing any significant, upward trend of pollutants in groundwater;
  • Achievement of standards and objectives set for protected areas in other National and Community Legislation.


Themes

Identification of groundwater bodies

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Initial characterisation of groundwater bodies

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Pressure and impact analysis

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Identification of drinking water protected areas

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Economic analysis of groundwater use

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Documents

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Full Documentation

Main Text

Annex

Introductory Document to the Article 5 Report under the Water Policy Framework Regulations, 2004

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Main Text – Part 1

Main Text – Part 2

Annexes

Initial Characterisation of the Groundwater Bodies within the Maltese Water Catchment District under the Water Policy Framework Regulations, 2004

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Main Text

Annex

Establishing Drinking Water Protection Areas under the Water Policy Framework Regulations, 2004

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Full Documentation

Economic Analysis of Water Use. Part 1