Calm waters for Mijas

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Calm waters
Cardena and Maldonado: discuss the project

MIJAS Council has met with water company, Acosol, to agree a solution to the problem of patchy water supply.

Acosol’s CEO, Manuel Cardena, and the mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, held a meeting at the headquarters of the public water company, where they have arrived at an agreement to regularise water supply to the furthest-lying urbanisations of the municipality.

Cardena and Maldonado werejoined by Town Planning Councillor, Andres Ruiz, and Councillor for Infrastructure, Jose Carlos Martin. Manuel Cardena commented, “those in the outskirts of Mijas currently have problems connecting to the municipal network, and thanks to this agreement we will be able to regulate supply.”  He added the project will improve the quality of life of those living away from urban centres.

Mayor Maldonado added, “this is a basic necessity, and through mettings and without entering into political confrontations, a solution has been reached around the supply problem.”

The news comes after it was revealed Acosol are helping to fund a €90,000 study at the University of Malaga into the cause of large slicks appearing on the coastline across the Costa del Sol.

The problem, which was previously believed to be caused by red algae, has already seen one beach in Rincon de la Victoria temporarily closed and a €46.5 million fine imposed over the potential risks to human and marine health.

The slick, which affects beaches in Estepona,Nerja, Alharuin el Grande, Coin and San Pedro Alcantara, has seen politicians, conservation groups and fishermen debate over its possible cause and solution. Companies Emasa, Acosol and Axaragua, Hydralia and Aguas de Torremolinos are now stepping in to fund a study, paying between €9,900 and €21,000 each.

Manuel Cardena explained although the flotsam was initially believed to have been algae, “studies in Axarquia have shown a large proportion of it is made of something else and that the solid element of it is made almost exclusively from minerals such as kaolinite and ilite, along with detrital minerals such as quartz and calcite or halite.”

Meanwhile an existing study has showed any existing algae multiplies more easily in areas where sewage is present.

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