The Dirty Seven

Saturday, September 7, 2019
By Hugh MacArthur

COS Sewage DumpingThe provincial public prosecutor is taking seven mayors on the Costa Tropical to court for dumping untreated sewage.

He considers that his department has accrued sufficient evidence to present a case against Vélez de Benaudalla, Albuñol, Ítrabo, Sorvilán, Molvízar, Jete and Otívar for dumping sewage in rivers and barrancos without authorisation. The case has been presented before the Motril law courts.

The Fiscal (public prosecutor) has based his case on a report from the Instituto Nacional de Toxicología y Ciencias Forenses to demostrate that this practice is a public health risk and a contamination source for water courses.

The Environmental Department of the Guardia Civil, Seprona was tasked with taking samples of water, soil and vegetation

The Junta supplied a report, upon request, confirming that they knew of several villages with in a 500-kilometre area that simply dump their sewage without treatment into barrancos or rivers but in the Junta’s consideration the impact is minimum. They based this on the ecosystem’s (Nature’s) capacity to process it in a natural form.

The Public Prosecutor decided to act after he received a report from the Asociación Mediterránea Anticorrupción y Transparencia in which it warned that sewage was ending up in water causes, putting emphasis on the case of Ítrabo.

Apparently the water deposits that the irrigation system use are contaminated with traces of sewage. Ítrabo was using this water source to irrigate its crops between January 2018 and February 2019, which was when the Junta ordered them to stop using it.

(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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