- Il-Minzel

Il-Minżel is an artificially constructed reservoir, intended for irrigation and water storage, located in southern Malta within proximity to Iż-Żejtun. The borders of the reservoir have been constructed out of limestone blocks, and covers an area of approximately 1,050m2. The site is not accessible to the public as it is located behind a privately-owned household boundary wall . Since the site is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land, it is likely that the reservoir is used for irrigation purposes. No important community habitats or vegetation were noted to be present around the reservoir. The site is located in a Strategic Open Gap.

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: South Eastern
Island: Malta
Local council: Iz-Zejtun
Longitude: 14.533640 East
Latitude: 35.861560 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 Medium
701 = water pollution Medium
954 = invasion by a species 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 Medium
954 = invasion by a species High
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply Medium
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution Medium
PP- = Pesticide pollution High