WHILE Nerja is still waiting for the bids for the construction of its first Wastewater Treatment Plant; neighboring Torrox has just opened its second plant. It took four years to build and has been in test phase since the summer. With a treatment capacity for 20,000 residents added to the first plant means that the combined treatment capacity is for 57,000 people.
The new plant can treat up to 5,000 cubic meters per day in high season as well as tertiary treatment for 208.3 cubic meters per hour for water destined for the irrigation of agricultural land or golf courses.
The tertiary treated water is stored for later use in a 2,500 cubic meter reservoir.
It involved a total investment of €23.1 million financed by the Andalucian Water Agency and Central Government.
The future Nerja plant will involve a €40.7 million investment and is set to begin construction “within months” according to Jose Juan Diaz Trillo, Environment Minister.
“The province will comply with the EU’s water framework directive, which requires all member states to achieve zero discharge into the sea by 2015.”