The new Junta de Andalucía president, Juanma Moreno, was critical of the previous regional administration's behaviour over the dumping of sewage this week. On a visit to the Guadalhorce area on Monday, he said it was "shameful" the image that was being portrayed of the beaches of the Costa del Sol, referring especially to Nerja, and promised to speed up plans to bring missing treatment plants into service.
It has emerged that the pipe taking raw sewage out to sea at Torrecilla beach, Nerja, has broken close to shore three times since 2017 and the last time was in February this year. The contractor who repaired the first break has said he was asked to use normal plastic rather than more expensive metal but that that repair subsequently broke.
Meanwhile, Nerja is still waiting for its treatment plant, paid for by central government due to its strategic importance. Work started in 2014 but the constructor ran into financial trouble. Restarted in February last year, it is now delayed again awaiting approval of technical modifications.