According to a report in the SUR newspaper, experts from one of the companies bidding for the construction of the new water treatment plant have expressed their doubts as to whether it can be built in the location chosen within the available budget.

The new plant will be located on the hills above the town, in the vicinity of Fuente del Baden. This will require various pumping stations, as only Maro and the urbanisations in Capistrano will be able to feed the plant via gravity alone.

The engineers have suggested that El Playazo would be a better location, being just above sea level, and would require fewer, less powerful pumps.

The experts claim that a more realistic budget for the plant, in the Fuente del Baden area, would be 60-80 million Euros, rather than the 40 million euros that have been planned for. They also believe that the winning bidder will in fact ask for the budget to be increased after they have been awarded the contract and construction work has started “as ends up happening in almost all public works”.

Construction is due to start on the new plant in 2013 with a completion date of 2015 and has been in the planning stages since the 1970’s.

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