MAL028 - Ta' Qali 2


Ta’ Qali is an artificially constructed reservoir, intended for irrigation and water storage, located in central Malta within Ta’ Qali. The reservoir is constructed from cement and limestone and covers an approximate area of 3,200m2. The site is accessible from two surfaced roads, however the borders of the reservoir are completely fenced off . A recreational dog park is located on the western side of the reservoir whilst an active roadway is located to the east. Since the northern and southern sides of the reservoirs are agricultural land, the reservoir is likely to be used for the irrigation of these fields. No vegetation was present within the basin or reservoir itself. The site falls within the Ta’ Qali Recreation Area and the Ta’ Qali Action Plan Area.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.30 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff Outflow controlled by spillway
Open water area (%): > 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Western
Island: Malta
Local council: H'Attard
Longitude: 14.413660 East
Latitude: 35.898660 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
6 -- Water storage areas; reservoirs/barrages/dams/impoundments (generally over 8 ha)
Property status
Protection statuses
Protection status category Protection status subcategory Area's name Code Coverage area (%) Legislation
National Bird Sanctuary Il-kumpless Ta' Qali 146725 100 Environment Protection Act (Act I of 2016)
CDDA protection status
CDDA code CDDA category
MT03 Bird Sanctuary
Ecosystem services
Type of ecosystem service Ecosystem service Scale of Βenefit (%) Importance
Provisioning services Food
Provisioning services Fresh water
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
110 = Use of pesticides Medium
120 = Fertilisation Medium
130 = Irrigation Medium
701 = water pollution High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation Medium
110 = Use of pesticides Medium
120 = Fertilisation Medium
130 = Irrigation Medium
502 = roads motorways High
701 = water pollution High
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply Medium
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution Medium
PP- = Pesticide pollution Medium