Nerja's wastewater station officially entered its testing phase on Tuesday, following a five-year delay. Mayor of Nerja, José Alberto Armijo said, "Today, 27 October 2020, is a historic day. Nerja starting treating sewage water."
The testing phase is expected to last for six months, with Spain's ministry for the Environment expected to hand the plant over to Nerja town hall in April 2021. However, despite a meeting between the mayor, the secretary of state for the Environment and the director general for water in June, the agreement has not been formalised in writing. "Despite the uncertainty, the town hall continues to work to take over the management," Armijo explained.
The town hall has contracted Ingeagua to write a financial viability report, which will be used as the basis for open negotiations between the council and the Axarquía public water company, Aguas de Narixa S. L, who are expected to take over the management and maintenance of the plant.
The wastewater station is capable of treating 25,000 cubic metres of water per day for a population of up to 125,000. The current number of people on Nerja town hall register (Padrón) is about 21,000, although this number rises sharply in summer.