Following a seven-month delay, work has started again on Nerja's waste water treatment station. As of last Thursday the roads around Burriana beach, to the east of the town, have been closed to traffic, in order to complete work to the main pumping station which is located in the area. Local residents are still able to access their garages and parking areas, however other traffic is being diverted. Machinery can be seen operating in the area, which has been fenced off.
Miguel Briones, Malaga's central government representative, said in an earlier statement that as long as there are no further delays, the sewage station should be up and running, "by the end of this year," one year later than the original end date.
Nerja is currently the only large administration in the province not to have its own waste water station and residual water currently goes directly into the sea without being treated.
The project has been at the centre of controversy for Nerja's town hall for some time and shortly after work started around Burriana beach in February 2016, the company responsible for building the station, Isolux-Corsán-Corviam, ran into technical and administrative difficulties. It was later ordered to stop work in June 2016 as the local council considered it to be a threat to tourism and local businesses in the area which rely on holidaymakers visiting the Burriana beach area.
As well as the main pumping station near Burriana, other work that needs to be completed is connecting the main depositors to the pumping stations, of which another is located at the mouth of the Chillar river, as well as one in Calle Diputación in the town centre. A series of depositors were installed between 2009 and 2010 when work to pedestrianise Calle Carabeo took place with money set aside for urban planning by former Prime-Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
The waste water station has also been the cause of a major dispute between the current mayor Rosa Arrabal and her coalition government and the previous administration over the issuing of licenses for road closures leading to further delays in the project .