The Dirty Seven Strike Back

Monday, September 9, 2019
By Martin Myall

COS Sewage DumpingThe seven mayors aren’t taking the sewage question lying down but will be defending themselves jointly rather than separately.

They have joined forces using the Mancomunidad de la Costa Tropical to respond to the Public Prosecutor’s case against them. The Mancomunidad, which has just had a reshuffle after the recent elections, is responsible for water supply and disposal along our coast and in the Alpujarra, too.

The Mucky Seven think that the Public Prosector’s action is unjust as, “Town Halls have the responsibility of sewage disposal but not the means to build sewage-treatment plants,” said the mayors in a joint statement.

The fact is that all householders pay a levy to finance the construction of sewage-treatment plants but the Junta has been somewhat shy with providing them.

Each affected municipality has land on which a sewage-treatment plan can be built, but it is up to the Junta de Andalucía to build them.

The mayors in the cross hairs of the Fiscalia (public prosecutor) claim that the committee on which they sit has provided via the Mancomunidad a sewage-collection point in Molvízar to channel sewage from Lobres. They’re also working on a project for Jete, Otívar and Lentegí.

The Mayor of Albuñol, María José Sánchez, has said that she cannot understand the Fisacalía’s criticism precisely after their treatment plant has come on line, stating, “We have worked hard so that there are no more untreated sewage discharges in the ramblas and the new plant has finally solved that.”

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, María José Martín Gómez, who is the provincial delegate for the Junta, said that the Regional Government was doing all that it could to eradicate the sewage-treatment problem.

Concerning the Dirty Seven, she said that the majority of municipalities are treating the sewage. In the case of Vélez de Benaudalla, Guájares, Ítrabo and La Mamola, their projects are being drawn up.

The Junta de Andalucía has a total of 100 ongoing, sewage-treatment projects in various stages of development within the province of Granada.

She pointed out that the Junta under the previous administration (in power for over 30 years) had received 730-million from the special levy contained within domestic water bills yet it had only used 200 million of these funds on these kinds of installations.

(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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One Response to “The Dirty Seven Strike Back”

  1. John Dymond

    The fact that raw sewage is still being allowed to enter the Mediterranean is, or should be, a heavy fine and prisonable offence. All marine vessels sailing on or through this sea must not discharge waste water into it. To do so and be caught doing so would mean the Master and Cheif Engineer would face a fine and probably loose their tickets, Why should this not be happening to the Civil Authorities who are allowing a much greater mass of waste to enter than that from a Ship. The Law has to be tightened to include any one in Authoritive Charge to be heavily fined and imprisoned.


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