The developer of the Cala Lanuza apartments has expanded the Cala Baeza treatment plant to open its tourist complex. This work was a requirement of the El Campello City Council, since the sanitation station to which the development must be connected is overflowing and obsolete, and causes fecal discharges every year that reach Cala Baeza, closed to the bathroom by that silent pollution. Despite this, the Generalitat considered that this extension was not necessary.
The expansion works started a few days ago and are practically completed, so the company could open the resort shortly as it already had a connection to the sewage network, the last step that was missing. But the COVID crisis makes its inauguration difficult at the moment, which could be postponed until the health situation improves. The company had planned to open in August, but problems with the sanitation connection, among other factors, forced it to postpone the opening. And last week they explained that their intention is to open as soon as possible, provided the pandemic. And they stressed that the work carried out constitutes a new treatment plant.
For his part, the mayor of Public Services and the Environment, Julio Oca (Cs), highlighted in this regard that «It is a necessary extension to be able to give service to the apartments». In addition, he pointed out that at the beginning of the year he will clear the La Solana ravine in Cala Baeza, to try to locate the origin of the spills.
The Dutch investment group Dormio bought in 2019 this unfinished development that has remained paralyzed for more than a decade, and 15 years after its inception, it will finally open its doors in 2021.
Despite the saturation of the treatment plant, the Generalitat issued a favorable report for the City Council to allow its connection to the sewerage in the north without any additional work, an obsolete infrastructure that is overwhelmed especially in summer by the arrival of thousands of tourists. But the City Council, which has the last word as it owns the treatment plant, insisted that it was necessary to expand it so that it would not cause more spills, as this media reported in July.
This solution for Cala Lanuza is provisional, since the northern area of El Campello is awaiting the work that the Generalitat has in the bidding phase to connect its sewerage with the Sant Joan treatment plant.
For his part, the US mayor, Pedro Mario Pardo, said regarding this expansion of the treatment plant carried out by the developer that “there is no doubt that we are facing bad news. While we are still contaminating the cove with fecal discharges, we are now going to inaugurate 127 tourist apartments, increasing the load of discharges to be treated. A tourist complex that should never have been built, denounced in its day by residents of the area, environmental groups and the US. And paralyzed several times for not complying with the law. Once the law is circumvented, we continue to do things wrong. Now we are putting one sewage treatment plant on top of another, a patch on top of another patch that are provisional and have already suffered serious environmental damage in the area for more than two decades, which could even lead to public health problems.
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