27 Sep, 2013 @ 09:49
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VIDEO: Nerja’s polluted sea

nerja turd catcher

THE long-running saga of the lack of a sewage treatment plant in Nerja on the Costa del Sol has been highlighted in a video posted to YouTube by Chris Barrett.

Nerja’s ‘turd catcher’ features prominently in the online clip.

The Brit states on the video, “Nerja has Blue Flag beaches but venture into the sea at your peril. 45,000 still wait for sewage plant.

“Malaga will reach its target of zero raw sewage dumping in 2015. This was the message of optimism sent out by Environment Minister Rosa Aguilar, and the head of the Environment Department at the Junta de Andalucía, Jose Juan Díaz Trillo.”

Chris adds, “Just keep your mouth shut when you swim for the next few years!”

A €23 million contract was awarded to constructors Corsan-Corviam-Isolux back in October 2012 although the plan still had to be approved by the Environment Ministry before construction could begin.

Karl Smallman

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  1. The Mojácar mayoress was saying something similar in the Town Hall meeting last night. But until the Junta de Andalucía stumps up the cash, we swim with our mouths closed too…

  2. This subject causes major controversy on some travel sites and people are constantly saying they never see a problem and that the boat isn’t picking up sewage, just general rubbish and litter!

    Nerja is such a lovely place and I recommend it to people all the time, but not for a beach holiday because of the lack of the sewage plant. I really hope that the start date of October this year (as published in some online Nerja sites) is adhered to and that the plant will be completed in budget (if other projects are anything to go by this is unlikely) and on time (also unlikely).

  3. Most times the sea around the Balcon de Europa looks almost pristine, same goes for Burriana etc.
    But as a family we never swim there at all: two years back we were all happily messing around in the surf near to the Balcon. After half an hour I smelt that familiar smell of sewage and minutes later in came the debris associated with raw sewage, fragmented toilet paper and all the usual unmentionables.
    It was ‘all out, the days finished’ and that was the last time we risked it.
    We’ve all swum in Cornwall for maybe 30 years and have never seen anything like that, only very near (I mean metres) to the last few remaining raw sewage outlets, which everyone knew about anyway. Cornwall also had the advantage of big tides and heavy surf which cleaned everything up, unlike the Med.
    But we’re very happy swimming near to Torrox and Torre del mar, with so far no unpleasant incidents.
    But it beats me how Nerja area gets any blue flags at all.
    I believe the boat in the video is a ‘scumboat’ which collects mostly material associated with the fats used in cooking etc., which forms on the surface.

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