Nerja’s Shame

NRJ Raw Sewage OutletThe continued absence of a functioning sewage-treatment plant in Nerja is prolonging an entirely unacceptable situation: raw sewage being pumped into the sea.

A mere 700 metres from the  Maro-Cerro Gordo natural park a sewage pipe pumps out waste interspersed with disposable, baby towels, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

One of Spain’s Instituto Español de Oceanografía ships (the Ángeles Alvariño) located the pipe outlets and Guardia Civil divers gathered video evidence as part of Operación Vastum. They had been combing the seabed off Nerja for five days when they finally located the outlets 50 metres down.

Examining the video footage it was calculated that approximately nine tonnes of baby wipes and other detritus were spread out within a radius 20 metres from the pipe outlet.

The police operation was put into motion in 2017 after they received several complaints from Ecologistas en Acción Andalucía, denouncing that untreated, urban waste water (sewage) was being pumped into the sea and into rivers/streams by certain towns. In the case of the province of Málaga, they were Coín, Nerja and Alhaurín el Grande.

As a result of this investigation five public officials in Coin and eleven in Nerja could be facing legal action.

In the case of Nerja, there are three pipes; two across the seafloor and one which comes out of the Acantilado de Maro two metres above sea level. The two submarine pipes go out about a kilometre off Burriana and Torrecilla beaches, some 40 to 50 metres down.

The Mayor, Rosa Arrabal Téllez, when interviewed on national TV about the situation said that the problem was not the responsibility of the town, but rather a Regional-Government one.

(News: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)

  1 comment for “Nerja’s Shame

  1. James Wright
    March 23, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    I don’t understand how Nerja/Andalucia/Spain can allow this pollution to continue and for so many years.

    The beaches in Nerja, continually have this raw sewage arriving while people are swimming or until they realise what they are swimming in.

    How can the authorities allow such a health hazard to exist, probably because local shop keepers and restaurants don’t want the beaches closed.

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