Mayor ArmijoAfter decades of delays and missed deadlines, the mayor of Nerja José Alberto Armijo (pictured) has announced that work has started on Nerja’s new water treatment plant. Despite the fact that there are still some bureaucratic procedures to complete the mayor has stated that “for the people the work starts when they see the machines and workmen on the site and the truth is that they have already started from an administrative and real point of view.”

Mayor Armijo went on to say that “this marks the start of a new stage of satisfaction, but also of concern and uncertainty, because this is an important project with complexities that we will have to overcome.” He added that “if things go to plan, work will be complete within 24 months and within a further 6 months the water treatment plant will be in full operation”.

The new plant has been in the planning stages since the 1970′s and the current project was approved by the Government back in April 2011, with the tendering process starting in March 2012. During the tender process, there were a total of 14 proposals, ranging in price from just under €20M to €22M (plus VAT). The funding for the first year of the project (which was due to start last year) was allocated in Spain’s national budget for 2013.

In addition to the treatment plant itself, the planned works includes a network of collectors, outfalls and pumping stations. The plant will have a capacity of between 25,000 and 30,000 cubic meters per day and will allow the reuse of wastewater for irrigation of 20,000 cubic meters. The infrastructure will serve more than 100,000 inhabitants.

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