29 Aug, 2010 @ 10:00
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Out of the sewers

By Wendy Williams

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to demand the urgent construction of a water treatment plant in the Guadalhorce valley.

Spearheaded by the IU party, it is demanding an immediate end to the pouring of over 10,000 litres of untreated sewage into Guadalhorce River every year.

Coordinator Miguel Esteban Martín, said: “The contamination of the rivers and underwater aquifers is not acceptable.”

He continued: “Currently nine municipalities, covering more than 100,000 registered inhabitants, are continuing to release untreated sewage into the river.

“It is causing a decline in populations of fish, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, birds and vegetation”.

By law the process should have come to an end by 2009.

The IU does not support the Water Agency’s plan to build a single sewage plant focusing on Pizarra and Álora, describing it as “economically and environmentally unsustainable.”

It is anticipated that the campaign, called Guadalhorce Vivo, Depuradora Ya, began in Pizarra, will spread to all municipalities in the district.
A petition of 10,000 signatures will be handed into the Junta in Sevilla.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. Despite the law their are many villages that have no sewage plant ,so where does the sewage go,into the rivers .Why not check these villages out and name and name and shame these villages .The guadioro is such a polluted river .The olive press has published articles about the pollutin coming from Ronda,move down river and there are many villages along the guadioro without any sewage centres.Blatantly flouting the law.these villages continue to increase in size,more new building,more sewage

  2. This issue is not confined to small villages either. Look at Nerja for a very well publicised example. Nerja is the coastal tourist centre of the Axarquia. Many of the beaches have “blue flag” status and yet there is regulary sewage floating in the sea. Surely this is illegal and action should be taken on health grounds? Watching the proceedings to build a sewage plant at Nerja is a classic exercise in how not to run a town. Only in Spain could there be a law that specifies that this must not happen, and yet it is allowed to continue year after year after year.

  3. It is disgusting and so many people actually believe there is treatment plants all the sewer in the Alcaucin are end up in the lake This is so disgusting . it is about time Spain conformed

  4. I agree this is revolting and why people tolerate the lack of infrastructure is beyond me. Money seems to get spent on ferias and the villages latest mayors vanity projects (roundabouts, fountains, statues, murals etc) yet raw sewage doesn’t get treated, the streets are covered in animal excrement and when was the last time you saw a proper highway gulley drainage system in a pueblo? Can someone tell me what the law states are minimum requirements?

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