ORIHUELA’S Environment department is currently clearing rubbish from the River Segura.
Emilio Bascuñana, Orihuela’s mayor, watched from a bridge as an excavator scooped up plastics and dry reeds that prevent water from reaching the irrigation channels which are vital to local agriculture.
He pointed out that the rubbish was not produced in Orihuela but came from upstream.
“It arrives here because it has not been filtered off,” Bascuñana complained.
“This rubbish is produced upriver and doesn’t stop until it accumulates in Orihuela where we have to remove it.”
City hall has repeatedly asked the area’s Waterways authority, the Confederacion Hidrografica del Segura, to install netting and collection systems to prevent the rubbish reaching the city, Bascuñana said.
“It’s one thing to deal with what we cause ourselves but it’s abusive to be obliged to cope with this,” he declared.