The public water company for the western Costa, Acosol, has put into motion, for the third consecutive year, a boat service in order to control the quality of coastal waters during the summer months.
The measure includes 13 boats, with three in reserve, that will collect debris floating near the surface daily from Torremolinos to Manilva.
The cost of the service, which started on 1 June, is around half a million euros, and is paid for by Acosol. It will consist of four large boats (called Pelicans) that each cover a stretch of up to three miles, with capacity to carry large amounts of waste. They will be accompanied by nine other much smaller beach boats (Gavinas), which will collect floating and/or semi-submerged solids. These are much smaller and can therefore move closer to the shore if necessary.
The Gavinas will put the collected material in the Pelicans which will then take it to the port. These big boats will be placed in four ports: Benalmádena, which covers Torremolinos too; Fuengirola, which also covers Mijas; Marbella; and Estepona which will cover Manilva and Casares.
The main purpose of the fleet is to prevent pollution in busy leisure areas and to collect floating objects, dirt, and other residues in open waters up to six miles out to sea.
The service will last more than three months, until 15 September, and will run everyday.
"The quality of our water is the best; we guarantee the safety of bathers and that of the tourism sector," said Acosol spokesperson, Manuel Cardeña.