The main sewer pipe running under the western end of San Pedro beach is to be moved inland slightly to stop it breaking up during regular winter storms.
For the last two winters, workers have had to rush to carry out emergency repairs to the 80-centimetre-diametre main drain, when pressure from the waves and shifting sands has broken joints in the pipe and sent effluent pouring over the beach and out to sea.
The work is the first part of a long-term plan by the local authorities’ joint water and sewerage company, Acosol, to make the whole length safer from Puerto Banús.
Between Macaao Beach Club and the La Pesquera restaurant, draft plans say, an initial 650-metre stretch will be dug up and moved about 50 to 100 metres inland, just off the beach. Some of the new route will pass under private land. Aone-million-euro budget has been set for the work.
The main sewer runs from Marbella’s Rio Verde, carrying effluent from Puerto Banús and Nueva Andalucía for treatment near Estepona.