Clear waters for new waste collection boats

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New boats: will help keep the coastline cleaner

BENALMADENA AND Torremolinos are set to benefit from cleaner swimming water this summer thanks to three new waste collection boats, costing €380,000.

Encarnacion Cortes, Councillor for Tourism, Beaches and Ports, explained the vessels, “will help to improve the look and quality of the beaches and bathing water.”

The service, which is provided in a collaboration between Acosol and the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Eastern Costa del Sol, will continue until September 15.

The new boats were launched at an event attended by councillors from Benalmadena, including Councillor Cortes, Javier Marin and Enrique Garcia, as well as several others from Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Mijas and Manilva.

Councillor Cortes explained, “they will dock in our port, which will benefit us.”  While Javier Marin, Councillor for Security, said the scheme “improves Benalmadena’s image as a tourist destination, helping us better one of our main resources; sand and sea.” He reminded locals, “it is very important to be aware there are a number of products we cannot put down drains because purifiers are not able to absorb them and this forms a slick on the sea.”

A total of eleven vessels will clean the coastline across Manilva, Estepona, Puerto Banus, Marbella, La Bajadilla, Cabopino, Fuengirola and Benalmadena.

Of these, eight measure between five and seven metres and are specifically designed to remove waste and slicks near bathing areas, while the remaining three, measuring between 10 and 12 metres, will work further out to sea.

The boats also have capacity to carry out water analysis, especially in areas near the submarine emissaries, giving the authorities reliable data on the condition of the water,and allowing to develop strategies to guarantee the best possible water quality.

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