The Malta Water Association (MWA) is a think tank of water, sustainability and legal professionals who have come together since 2011, in reaction to Malta’s precarious water predicament. MWA’s approach is to communicate, educate, develop knowledge, and raise public & political awareness on the sustainable use and management of Malta’s limited water resources.

To this effect, the objectives of the Association are to:

  • protect Malta’s water resources for future generations from irreversible damage, and ensuring resilience for potential climate change threats;
  • ensure our groundwater resources become a public good rather than a privatised commodity as stands today;
  • provide a forum for the discussion of key technical and policy issues affecting Malta’s water resources, against the background of a changing climate;
  • respond to public consultations and prepare policy reactions on a range of water topics, and to scrutinise technical and policy reports;
  • exchange proposals and cooperation with Government, Parliament and the European Commission towards sustainable water use;
  • ensure social justice in the exploitation of our water resources;
  • inform its members on the development of local and European legislation or policy, and to influence their drafting when appropriate;
  • organise educational actions for raising public awareness on water issues, water conservation and its efficient use;
  • seek collaboration in water research and development;
  • offer impartial and professional advice to any person or organisation in relation to fresh water issues;
  • promote cooperation with other bodies, both locally and overseas, for the mutual benefit of the association;
  • promote and maintain unity, dignity and professional integrity among its members.

The current Executive Committee includes:

Greta Muscat Azzopardi, Dr. Gordon Knox, Dr. Paul Refalo, Dr. Liz Gaerty, Brian Restall, Marco Cremona.

Contributors:

Emma Cassar, Vince Gauci, Alfred Baldacchino, Dr. Keith Buhagiar, Malcolm Borg, Peter Llewellyn, Julian Mamo, Philip Grech, Lee Roberts, Noel Azzopardi, Nathan Adams, Jonathan Falzon, Rowena Gauci, Maarten van Alkemade, Kees De Jong.

MWA is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organisation which does not receive private or public funding, nor renders paid or unpaid services, and does not hold personal data. Consequently, MWA has not felt the need to enrol with the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector as yet.
MWA was founded in March 2011.
MWA joined the ‘Terrafirma Collective’ platform in October 2015.

Dr. Gordon Knox

Dr. Gordon Knox

Committee Member

Gordon J. Knox graduated in Geology from University College London, and gained his Doctorate from the University of Liverpool working on the structure of the Andes of Peru. He had…

Brian Restall

Brian Restall

Committee Member

Brian Restall started his career at the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and held the post of Projects Coordinator, and Research Assistant to the Policy Unit. He later…

Ing. Marco Cremona

Ing. Marco Cremona

Committee Member

Gained his M.Sc. in Water Studies and Hydrology at the University of Malta in 1997 after having worked as a water treatment engineer since 1992. Building on his background in…

Greta Muscat Azzopardi

Greta Muscat Azzopardi

Committee Member

Having studied Geography at the University of Malta and written a thesis about using treated sewage for irrigation in Malta, Greta moved to the field of marketing where she worked…

Dr. Paul Refalo

Dr. Paul Refalo

Contributor

Dr Ing. Paul Refalo, a warranted engineer by profession, graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta in 2007. He obtained his PhD in 2015 with a thesis on…

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Contributor

Michael Sullivan is a hydrologist and urban water quality specialist based in  Washington, DC. His career spans forty years with much of his work centered on environmental compliance along the…

Emma Cassar

Emma Cassar

Contributor

Emma Cassar graduated from the University of Malta with a First Class honours in Geography in 2009. Her dissertation involved the development of a predictive hydrological model for temporary freshwater…

Vincent Gauci

Vincent Gauci

Contributor

Vincent Gauci graduated in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Malta in 1967, and was awarded a Masters in Applied Hydrobiology from the University of London in 1969 with…

Perit Philip Grech

Perit Philip Grech

Contributor

Perit Grech has graduated with Honours in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Malta and then proceeded to read for a Masters’ Degree in Water Resources Technology at…

Lee Roberts

Lee Roberts

Contributor

Lee Roberts graduated from the University of London in occupational psychology. He applied his expertise in research design to creating objective methods of assessing candidates for managerial appointment at one…

Julian Mamo

Julian Mamo

Contributor

Julian holds a Masters Degree in Water Management from Cranfield University and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Malta. He most recent appointment was with LEQUIA…

Dr. Keith Buhagiar

Dr. Keith Buhagiar

Contributor

Keith Buhagiar is a Ph.D. graduate in archaeology from the University of Malta specialising in hydrology, medieval and Early Modern Maltese cave-settlements and their related water management systems, as well…

Alfred Baldacchino

Alfred Baldacchino

Contributor

Born in Rabat, Malta on 20th April 1946 holds an M.Sc. (Environment Management and Planning (1995). From 1974 to 1986 was the General Secretary of the Malta Ornithological Society. He coordinated…

Malcolm Borg

Malcolm Borg

Contributor

Noel Azzopardi

Noel Azzopardi

Contributor

Rowena Gauci

Rowena Gauci

Contributor

Rowena Gauci was recognised for her dissertation research work at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering University of Malta - titled 'Reducing the Impact of Agriculture on Water Resources'.

Maarten Van Alkemade

Maarten van Alkemade

Contributor

A Dutch national, van Alkemade joined FIMBank from Coalogic Pty Ltd, where he worked as a consultant for banks and commodity resources companies across Africa. His previous post was with Standard…

Nathan Adams

Nathan Adams

Contributor

Nathan is manages the Mediterranean Operation Wallacea office based in Malta. Batty about bats, he spends his free time voluntarily aiding ‘The Biological Conservation Research Foundation’ (BICREF) and is currently…

Kees De Jong

Contributor

Kees has a very broad experience and understanding of construction projects in Civil Engineering field with a specific water knowledge and experience in the areas of water table regulation &deep…

Peter Llewellyn

Contributor

Peter is a Team Leader for Euroconsult / BMB Mott MacDonald, and specializes on technical education and training for the water industry.

Jonathan Falzon

Contributor

A word of thanks goes to the founding members which included Ing. Dirk De Ketelaere (Hydrologist/Water Resources Management Engineer), Ing. Marco Cremona (Hydrologist/Water Treatment Engineer), Perit Philip Grech (Sewerage and Drainage Engineer), Dr. Gordon Knox (Geologist), Peppi Gauci (Permaculture expert), Keith Buhagiar (Archaeologist specialising in Medieval Maltese Hydrology) and Annalise Falzon (Environmental Educator).