10 Mar, 2023 @ 18:00
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Biggest storm water tank in Spain’s Murcia region aims to cut Mar Menor lagoon pollution

Biggest Storm Water Tank In Spain's Murcia Region Aims To Cut Pollution Flowing Into Mar Menor Lagoon
Torre Pacheco Aytm image

THE largest storm water tank in the Murcia region has been opened in Torre Pacheco.

It is expected to reduce excess flow from the area’s sewage network which has ended up in the Albujon ravine which flows into the Mar Menor lagoon.

The new facility costing €4.2 million will reduce the strain on Torre Pacheco’s water treatment plant during storms.

It can hold up to 66,000 cubic metres of water- the equivalent of 24 Olympic-size swimming pools.

7,500 cubic metres of water can be recycled daily at the neighbouring treatment plant and can meet the needs of up to 81 thousand residents- triple that of the Torre Pacheco municipality population.

Murcia president, Fernando Lopez Miras, carried out an opening ceremony and said: “The tank will stop intensive episodes of rain dragging polluted water to the Mar Menor and prevent damage that we have suffered in recent years.”

Opened Tank
LOPEZ MIRAS IN PLAQUE UNVEILING(Torre Pacheco Aytm image)

He pointed out that €2 million had been invested in a rainwater collector for Los Alcazares in addition to the construction of bioreactor ponds to stop water laden with nutrients reaching the Mar Menor.

Torre Pacheco mayor, Antonio Leon, described the new tank as an ‘important investment that was essential for the municipality’.

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Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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