In what could be the final chapter of a long, drawn-out saga, work is expected to re-start on Nerja’s water treatment plant this month. The town was advised in the middle of September that the modified plan which it had submitted for the system had finally been approved by the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

The town’s mayor, José Alberto Armijo, said it was “very good news” and that the company now executing the project, Latania, was expected to take eight months to complete it. Still outstanding, however, is confirmation that once the plant is completed and fully tested, the Ministry will hand over its administration to Nerja Town Council.

The project as now modified and approved allows for the installation of additional collection pipes around the municipality. The government’s sub-delegate in Málaga, María Gámez, said the work must be carried out in a manner which does not affect the ambient environment or the enjoyment of Burriana beach, “which is important for residents and visitors alike.”

The project to build a water treatment plant in Nerja was first offered for tender at the start of the century, but it was not until 2013 that it was contracted with a budget of €23.24 million to be paid by central government. Work began in 2014, but was halted in 2017 when one of the three companies in the winning consortium was forced in bankruptcy.

The plant itself is situated on the N-340 road between Nerja and Maro, and is reported to be over 90 per cent complete. The additional work now authorised has increased the cost of the project by over €2 million.

The town’s mayor, José Alberto Armijo, said it was “very good news”