This year the council is spending 470,000 euros on the sewage network in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the scenario last August, when sewage poured into the sea twice in four days and the Lebeche beach had to be closed to the public, inconveniencing tourists and harming local businesses.
The money is being spent on improving the network to ensure that sewage flows smoothly to the water purification plant in Cartagena, and among the work necessary is the replacement of valves and tanks in three of the six pumping stations on La Manga. The other three, according to councillor José Miguel Luengo, will be updated next year, but the most urgent focus of attention is pumping station number 6, which is where the problems occurred last year.
All along La Manga a large pipe runs underground, taking sewage south, but in summer, when the population of the area rises, the ten-year-old system can become overloaded. The system was built using European funds, and Sr Luengo describes it as a top-class piece of civil engineering, but it does require special attention and this has been lacking over the last couple of years.
This is the most urgent part of the Town Hall’s spending plan for water supply infrastructures, which envisages a total investment of 6 million euros over the next few years. Half of this money will be spent on cleaning and sewage, and the other half on the water supply network, some of which dates back to the 1960’s and is made of corrugated steel.
So more money there then.
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