- Tad-Dawl

Tad-Dawl is artificially constructed reservoir, intended for irrigation and water storage, located in southern Malta within Marsaskla. The reservoir has been constructed from limestone and covers an area of approximately 1,090m2. The site is accessible to the public through a dirt road or pathway although it was noted that, it is located on privately-owned property. The site is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land and is likely used for irrigation purposes due numerous pipelines emerging from the reservoir. Within the reservoir, a large population of Lemna minor L. is present. 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 Other
Open water area (%): > 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: South Eastern
Island: Malta
Local council: Marsaskala
Longitude: 14.555570 East
Latitude: 35.866140 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
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation Low
701 = water pollution Low
954 = invasion by a species Low
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation Low
110 = Use of pesticides Low
120 = Fertilisation Low
130 = Irrigation Low
401 = continuous urbanisation High
402 = discontinuous urbanisation Low
430 = Agricultural structures Medium
502 = roads motorways High
701 = water pollution Low
790 = Other pollution/human impacts/activities Low
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply Low
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution Low
PP- = Pesticide pollution Low
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Floating-leaved > 95
Shrubby / Arborescent < 5
Species Presence status References
Lemna minor