- Ta' Ciantar

Ta’ Ciantar is an artificially constructed reservoir, intended for irrigation and water storage, located in southern Malta within Ħaż-Żabbar. The reservoir is made of limestone blocks and covers an approximate area of 1,050m2. The site is not accessible to the public as it can only be accessed through privately-owned agricultural land. The reservoir is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land, thus it is likely that the reservoir is being used for irrigation. Culverts were present throughout agricultural fields, possibly indicating that the reservoir is filled with water runoff from another location. The site is not protected by any legislation.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.10 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Catchment area (precipitation)
Surface water runoff Outflow controlled by pipeline
Open water area (%): > 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Southern Harbour
Island: Malta
Local council: Haz-Zabbar
Longitude: 14.539360 East
Latitude: 35.867340 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
Wetland values
204 Agricultural resources
205 Water supply
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
701 = water pollution High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
401 = continuous urbanisation High
701 = water pollution High
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply High
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution High
PP- = Pesticide pollution