Drinking water allegedly used again for noisy night street cleaning

NO SPRAY: A cleaner focuses on Fuengirola bins. NO SPRAY: A cleaner focuses on Fuengirola bins. Harrison Jones/EWN Media Group

FUENGIROLA TOWN HALL have again been accused of allowing drinking water to be used to noisily clean streets while residents are sleeping.

Despite warnings that a severe water shortage is likely to hit the region, clean drinking water is regularly being used to clean the city’s pathways.

The Town Hall have been contacted for each of the previous two Euro Weekly News stories about the issue, both by phone and by email. They have never previously provided a response and had not commented at the time of writing.

Reporting more cleaning at 1.30am this morning, one resident told Euro Weekly News: “I can’t believe it, just now they cleaned the streets again in Fuengirola, with thousands of litres of clean drinking water, despite the fuss in the councils of the Town Halls.”

The company responsible for water distribution on the Costa Del Sol is reportedly seeking the agreement of local authorities to use treated water from sewage works to wash streets.

Acosol, a publicly owned company, wants to extend a deal in the Marbella area, to use recycled wastewater, to the rest of the region, according to Spanish media reports.

The resident, 69-year-old Ron Gombault, added: “This time the street parallel to the Paseo Maritimo, two nights ago the Paseo, all (at) about 1.30 in the morning.”

The local authority use high-power spray hose pipes, which are particularly loud. There have been previous claims that cleaning occurred at 5.30am and 12.30am.

One street cleaner has previously confirmed to a Euro Weekly News journalist that the water being used to clean an area of pavement was drinkable.

There have long been concerns about the availability of water in the region, and local experts have warned that action must be taken to avoid a severe drought. 

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