MAL098 - Maghtab Siltation Ponds 2 & 3


Similar to the adjacent siltation pond, this body of water was also created to capture water running-off the waste management site. This pond seemed slightly more naturalised than the first one including populations of Typha domingensis and some Tamarisk. Arundo donax (Giant Reed) is also present. The T. domigensis population covers about 75% of the site. This pond also dries out during the summer months.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.40 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff There is no obvious water outflow
Open water area (%): 76 - 95
Hydroperiod: Seasonal
Geographic information
Census district: Northern
Island: Malta
Local council: In-Naxxar
Longitude: 14.445020 East
Latitude: 35.948370 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
8 -- Wastewater treatment areas; sewage farms, settling ponds, oxidation basins, etc.
Property status
Ecosystem services
Type of ecosystem service Ecosystem service Scale of Βenefit (%) Importance
Regulatory services Flood hazard regulation
Supporting services Provision of habitat
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
701 = water pollution Medium
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
220 = Leisure fishing High
800 = Landfill land reclamation and drying out High
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Emergent 51 - 75
Shrubby / Arborescent 5 - 25
Species Presence status References
Arundo donax
Tamarix sp.
Typha domingensis