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Forty per cent of the western Costa's water supply comes from the desalination plant

The Marbella plant works around the clock. :: josele
The Marbella plant works around the clock. :: josele
  • The Marbella plant, which backs up the supply from Torremolinos to Manilva, is running at full capacity

The Costa del Sol's desalination plant, which backs upthe local water supply by making sea water suitable for human consumption, is running at full capacity due to the low reservoir levels.

Operated by the public water company Acosol, the plant is now providing 40 per cent of the water supply to homes and businesses on the western Costa del Sol, from Torremolinos to Manilva.

A similar amount is supplied by the ETAP plant that converts reservoir water into drinking water and the rest comes from underwater reserves in Fuengirola or is pumped in from the Campo de Gibraltar.

The desalination plant has a capacity to convert 42 million litres of water a day, enough to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools.