An estimated 30,000 residents in Vélez-Málaga are experiencing problems with boilers, dishwashers and washing machines, damage amounting to 150,000 euros, due to abnormally high levels of lime scale in their tap water.
The town hall and water company, Aqualia, have attributed the problem, which residents first started to notice at the end of 2016, to the connection to the Moilno de las Monjas well last summer. The well had not been used for some time.
“We recognise that the water from the well is harder and has more lime scale,” said a spokesperson from the water company, which assures customers that the water is “100 per cent drinkable” and that it “passes all the tests”.
Although most of the town has been affected to some extent, residents in the Fortaleza and El Romeral neighbourhoods have been worst hit as 50 per cent of their supply comes from the well, according to the town’s Izquierda Unida spokesperson, Miguel Ángel Sánchez.
An investigation is currently under way as to the legality of the work carried out by Aqualia to connect to the well.