There is “no progress” in the outstanding work required to bring Nerja’s new water treatment plant on line. The comment came from mayor José Albert Armijo following a recent meeting in Madrid at the Ministry for Ecological Transition.

The mayor said the intention of the Nerja representatives was to find out, “in detail, the outstanding works and the deadlines” of the project, but that he was concerned to discover that, “the procurement of works under the modified project has been frozen for several months.” He described the situation as, “worrying.”

Neither are there are reported to be significant advances in the preparation of a complementary project which includes various actions regarded by the town hall as, “necessary for the proper functioning of the infrastructure.” The mayor said the information contrasts sharply with comments regarding the resumption of work made by the former municipal administration in May.

Central government announced late last year that the testing phase for the new plant – which was first announced in 1993 as an “absolute necessity” for the municipality – would begin this spring. The initial budget was set at €23 million when the project finally got underway in 2014, but thanks to various problems which have arisen since, the final cost is now estimated to have risen to around €26 million. The project is being fully-funded by central Government.

Once operational, the sewage treatment plant will have the capacity to treat up to 25,000 cubic meters of waste water per day, enough to serve a population of 125,000 people.

“the procurement of works under the modified project has been frozen for several months.”