Sewage plant work finally starts 11 years late

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Aguahierro, Nerja

WORK to build a much anticipated sewage plant in Nerja has finally started, putting an end to years of delays and broken promises.

Bulldozers have already taken over the Aguahierro area (pictured), close to the exit to Maro on the N340 road.

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They’re removing vegetation and bringing construction materials to the site devoted to the plant.

It will be at the end of 2016 when the sewage treatment plant will finally start working, after 24 months of construction and an additional six months for testing.

This will solve an alleged sewage problem at the Burriana beach that has led to worries British tourists may be put off coming to the town.


The future plant will have the capacity to treat an average flow of 25,000m3 of water per day, giving service to a population of 100,000 people.

It will also have a system to reuse treated water for irrigation purposes.


With a budget of €23.2 million, the project will be carried out by a joint venture of companies Corsan-Corviam and Isolux.

It was in 2001 when a first date for the commencement of work was given, announced back then for 2003.

Then 11 years later, at the end of 2012, the Ministry of Environment endorsed the project’s allocation contract and its drawing.

Finally, in October 2013, the project was finally passed.



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