Authorities were forced to raise the red flag and ban bathing on the Faro beach, in Marbella, after a wastewater pipe broke early on Wednesday morning, 4 August.
María Victoria Martín-Lomeña, the town hall representative responsible for the beaches explained that once the problem was discovered, "we immediately stopped the pumping but what was already in the system could not be stopped."
"Two diggers that were working nearby make a sand bank to minimise, as much as possible, the direct discharge into the sea," she said.
Martín-Lomeña added, “a coupling in the pipe had broken. The area was immediately cordoned off and the beach closed as a precautionary measure.”
The bulk of the repair work had to wait until 5pm for the high tide to recede.
Martín-Lomeña said, “We hope to have the beach in perfect condition this Thursday (5 August) and an analysis of the water will be made to guarantee its safety”.
Martín-Lomeña recognised that such incidents "are a blow to the environment and also from the tourist point of view as they have more impact at this time of year than at any other.”