WATER bills for consumers in and around Mojacar could increase by as much as 32 per cent, following the approval of plans announced by water supplier Galasa.
The news is even worse for towns in the Almanzora area which could see costs doubled. The beleaguered company is jointly owned by 25 local councils together with the Almeria Provincial Council.
Socialist opposition party (PSOE) has slammed the planned rates hike and says it will do everything it can to prevent the increases.
Galasa is practically bankrupt and has debts of more than €35 million. The news comes just weeks after the Galasa Levante headquarters in Vera had the electric power supply cut by energy supplier, Endesa, for non-payment of bills.
The offices are currently running on an industrial generator installed next to the premises. Neighbours, including owners of an adjacent hotel and restaurant, have denounced the company, saying they have lost business due to the noise and odours created by the generator.
There were fears that the whole area could be left without water if power to the pumping stations were cut, but so far only the office building has been affected.
A number of workers have gone without wages and three directors were recently signed off sick, citing work-related stress as the cause.