NERJA is being blamed for the poor water conditions along the Costa del Sol. A new group, the Integral Sanitation Forum, was formed to put pressure on towns that dump sewage both in the sea and inland into rivers.
In particular, the group is extremely concerned with the black-spot of Nerja, which is the only municipality along the coast that still dumps sewage into the sea.
The town has failed to install a sewage plant, after numerous unfulfilled promises and failed deadlines. The town of 21,000 people still continues to pump raw sewage into the sea, infuriating both residents and the Nerja town hall.
Further disruption was caused by a property dispute that ended with the Nerja town hall paying 900,000 euros for the previously un-derpriced land.
The Junta admits it will be 2015 at the earliest before the plant is licensed, constructed, and fully operational.
Speaking in Torremolinos, director of the new forum Salvador Vilches believes it is crucial for officials to understand the urgency of the situation.
“If the coastline’s sanitation gets any worse tourists will abandon the Costa del Sol and flock to cheaper destinations like Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia,” said Vilches. To sustain the Costa as a tourist destination, Vilches insists that sanitation must become a top priority. “The quality can’t just be hotels, services and facilities,” he added. “The sea water must be of a high quality too.”