POLITICIANS from parties PSOE and Ciudadanos have demanded answers from Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, over Nerja’s sewage treatment plant.
The news comes after the company in charge of completing the works, Isolux-Cosan-Corviam, declared bankruptcy, leaving the plant ninety-five per cent complete but the main pumping station not yet started. Nerja, which is the only large resort in Malaga Province to allow untreated sewage to be pumped out to sea, now faces another summer without a treatment plant, posing a risk to both human and marine health.
MEPs Miguel Angel Heredia and Guillermo Diaz have contacted the premier criticising the latest delays to the works, with Heredia stating, “the Rajoy government promised that this treatment plant would be fully operational in June 2016, and not only was it not, but now we are back to square one after the company’s bankruptcy.”
Diaz said he wanted answers “once and for all,” asking what the “plan B” is, “claiming, “if the government does not have one it will causeserious consequences,” adding, “the only thing visitors and residents of Nerja know for certain is that the works have stopped and the sea remains filthy.”
The sewage problem is just the latest for Nerja, which in March suffered a burst pipe 400 metres off Burriana Beach, expelling raw waste into the water, causing a “geyser” of sewage to appear.
The underwater plant is now around 30 years old and said to be in bad condition. Nerja’s Council has invested €100,000 to fix the leaky pipe and workers managed to fix the original hole, measuring around 20 centimetres squared.
However,they were alarmed to find another, much larger leak around 100 metres away. Attempts to repair the further damage were hampered by storms but have now been completed.
Waste is normally expelled 1,500 metres out to sea and broken down by the action of waves but the leak has caused sewage to be expelled much closer to the shore with Nerja’s Councillor for Infrastructure, Jose Maria Rivas blaming “lack of maintenance over many decades”.