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An international team of scientists has reported strong indications of fresh water off the coast between Valletta and Marsascala, in the south-east of Malta.
This discovery is based on an expedition made in 2018 by a team of scientists from Malta, Germany, Spain and Italy.
In a statement, the University of Malta said that during the expedition seismic reflection profiles were used to generate a geological model of the seabed off the coast of the Maltese Islands.
These observations indicate that the fresh groundwater is located 3 kilometres from the coast.
Studies conducted by Professor Aaron Micallef also suggest that there is a stockpile of water another kilometre off the Maltese coast, and that most of the groundwater was deposited 20,000 years ago when sea level was lower than it is today.
The scientists added that there are a number of important implications associated with this discovery, including that this drinking water could be deployed in the national water strategy.
They said that this finding bodes well for our country which is lacking in fresh water.
The study, which is a product of the MARCAN project, was published in the international journal Geophysical Research Letters.