JUDGES in Granada are seeing if any criminal charges can be answered after the Guardia Civil found “irregularities” in a Lecrin Valley mineral water bottling plant.
Officials from the environmental branch of the police force (Seprona) found the plant lies across three barrancos (ravines).
They also discovered natural water sources had been altered and channelled.
“The problem may not be a penal one, but possibly an administrative infraction,” the police report states.
The probe follows a complaint by the main opposition to the project, the Platform in Defence of Water from the Lecrin Valley.
The group also claims the company behind the bottling plant does not possess the necessary documentation and that the process of desertification will be sped up as a result of the project.
“The Lecrin Valley clearly lacks the hydrographical resources to support something such as this. The spectre of drought looms large here,” spokesman Manuel Puertas said.
With a regional government grant of more than one million euros and a loan of two million euros, Sevilla-based Aguas Minerales de Sierra Nevada SL wants to extract up to 31 litres of water per second from underground reserves in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Leftist group Izquierda Union has also voiced its concerns over the project, asking the Supreme Court of Andalucía to investigate the Junta’s backing.
Supporters claim the bottling plant will generate employment in nearby towns and villages.