GUARDAMAR Town Council has begun the second phase of dredging work on the mouth of the Segura river.
The objective is to create an access channel for a floating platform or pontoon that can work from inside the channel with a backhoe.
Councillor for Works, José María Hernández, explained that the work is essential as the water is too shallow to navigate. By creating a channel, the pontoon will be able to access all parts of the river to remove silt and make it usable by fishing craft and leisure boats.
Currently water depth is less than one metre. Once work on removing about 20,000 cubic metres of sediment is completed the draft should be between two and three-and-a-half metres.
The cost of the operation is €302,000 and is expected to be completed in about two months, according to Jose Maria Hernandez.
Favourable environmental reports have been given for the dredging by the coastal authority and water board.