TWELVE families in Calle Juan XXIII in Salobreña are taking turns to keep watch so that no-one can cut off their water supply.
They recently received a letter from the Water and Services company claiming that there is a problem with their pipes, with their sewage water filtering into the houses below and posing a risk to public health. The company informed them that if they didn’t put an end to this problem, their water would be cut off at the beginning of this month, something which, according to the residents would also cause a “damage to public health”.
The cause of the problem, they say is the poor condition of the old pipes which collect the sewage water. They claim they are willing to find a solution, but claim they can’t access the pipes because of the houses which have been built in front and below theirs, and refuse to access the pipes from inside they homes.
They accuse the town hall of having let the building in front of their homes go ahead and now demand justice so that they don’t have to pay to refurbish their homes because of a problem they didn’t cause. The town hall has been asked to carry out a report to determine whether the land is public or private.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Water Company, Andres Garcia, says that the pipes will have to be changed because of the health hazard. “If the water is not cut off” he says, “I would not be doing my job properly”.