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Works to supply recycled water to 40 golf courses on the Costa are now complete

Wastewater from Marbella and Mijas is treated at La Víbora.
Wastewater from Marbella and Mijas is treated at La Víbora. / Josele
  • The project, which has cost over nine million euros, has included increasing the productive capacity of La Víbora treatment plant by 14,000 cubic metres a day

The works to improve the recycled water network on the western Costa del Sol, so that this type of water can be used to irrigate all 40 golf courses in the area, have now been completed by the Acosol and Acuamed companies.

The improvement works, which have cost over nine million euros, began in 2015 and have included increasing the productive capacity of La Víbora treatment plant by 14,000 cubic metres a day.

The completed project was officially handed over last week, at a ceremony attended by Carlos Cañavate, who is the Director General of Acosol; Manuel Cardeña, the CEO of Acosol; Melchor Conde, the company’s regional director for Infrastructure and Production; Francisco Barartech, the president of Acuamed; and Javier Alcántara, the regional director of Acuamed.

This was the final phase of the project to supply recycled water to all 40 golf courses in the area, and it means that the seven between La Siesta, on the eastern side of Mijas, and Río Real, west of Marbella, are now part of the system. Another five golf courses are waiting to be connected.

The pipes have been laid through the centre of Marbella so that in future recycled water can be used for parks and gardens as well.

The works were carried out in two phases. At La Víbora, double-layer sand filters and a rotating drum mesh filter have been installed. After filtering, the water then passes through a new pumping station, and up to 20,000 cubic metres a day can be produced.

Carlos Cañavate said this project is part of the company’s commitment to the use of recycled water.

“We are focusing our attention on models of sustainability to enable us to meet the demand of the tourism sector, which has to be a priority. This year we have increased the capacity considerably, and that is how we plan to continue in the future,” he explained.

Manuel Cardeña was also keen to point out that recycling is an essential way of saving water and is a vital part of the fight to protect the environment.

“Projects such as this are a clear demonstration of Acosol’s unequivocal commitment to sustainable development,” he said.