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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 5 OCTOBER 2022 • ISSUE 813 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 3 PAGE 5 PAGE 5 No more consultation on media reform Bills, justice minister says Father and son charged with money laundering and aggravated drug possession Free groundwater extracted by concrete plants in 2021 equivalent to 31 million 2ltr bottles of water JAMES DEBONO THE construction industry is having a toll on Malta's scarce water resourc- es extracting 'free' groundwater at an increasing rate, statistics presented in parliament suggest. The number of boreholes extracting 'free' ground water for concrete plants has shot up from a single borehole in 2014 to 20 in 2021. The amount of water extracted from the water table to pro- duce concrete has shot up from 3,996 cubic metres in 2014 to 62,231 cubic metres in 2021. This means that in 2021 an equivalent of 31 million two-litre mineral water bottles were used in the production of concrete. This was revealed in a reply by Energy Minister Miriam Dalli to a question by the PN's spokesperson for planning and construction Stanley Zammit. MATTHEW AGIUS AN elderly man and his son, already on, were remanded in custody on aggravated drug possession, money laundering and bail breach charges. Mario Brignone, 68, of Bormla and his son, Josef Zammit, 30, from Marsaskala both pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were arraigned before Mag- istrate Josette Demicoli this afternoon. They did not reply when asked about their employment. The charges are connected to the dis- covery of a crack cocaine lab and vari- ous hard drugs in a property under their control. Josef Zammit Extraction of ground water by concrete plants peaked in 2019 when the equivalent of 48 million 2-litre mineral water bottles were pumped out of the ground

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