Nerja has been in the news concerning how it disposes of its sewage – straight into the sea, but there is a treatment plant though not finished.
Work on the sewage-treatment plant started in 2014 and should have been finished within two years, yet five years on it is no nearer completion that two years ago.
The problem is that the companies that were supposed to build it, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, went bust in July 2017. After nearly a year of inactivity work began in February 2018 with a target of finishing within first six months of 2019.
Trouble is that in these last few months little has moved even though several collections points have yet to be connected up and the outlet for the treated water via a seabed pipe on Playa Burriana is at a standstill.
What is going ahead at the moment is the installation of electrical connections in the main treatment plant itself and the sub-station on Playa Burriana. Workers are busy digging trenches in which to lay the cable for these installations.
The relevant ministry, the Ministerio de Transición Ecológica, has confirmed that the works “continue to advance” and are pending the “necessary authorisation to go ahead with the modification of the project, in order to lay the seabed pipe.”
Asked what timescale we’re looking at, they weren’t willing to provide a completion date.
The ball is in the Solicitor General of the State’s court, who must issue a report to the Dirección General del Agua, who in turn will authorise the beach work. In order to lay the underwater pipe, the eastern end of Playa Burriana would have to be closed to the public.
As for the company that took the project over (Lantania) from the companies that went bust, it confirmed that if work has slowed down to a trickle, it is because of “causes beyond its control;” i.e., administrative paper shuffling.
In the meantime, the fine levied by the European Union on the Central Government continues to grow in quantity, as member states had until 2011 to cease dumping raw sewage into the sea. The fine goes up by 1.5m euro every six months, on top of the 12m euros already paid.
The original project put forward by the Ministry of the Environment in 2012 was for 23.24m euros. The sewage-treatment plant, when eventually finished, will be able to process 25,000 cubic metres of sewage every day.
(News: Nerja, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)