Canarian Government minister Narvay Quintero and Tenerife President Carlos Alonso celebrate with water from the new plant at its official opening. Photo: Gobierno de Canarias.
Updated 7 December: The new Granadilla desalination and water treatment plant is now in operation and has today been formally handed over to the Tenerife Cabildo by the Canarian Government. Department of Agriculture minister Narvay Quintero says that the new plant will supply some 56,000 residents in the Arico, Granadilla, San Miguel and Arona areas, and will not only improve the quality of domestic supplies but will release water to help the farmers in south Tenerife who have faced years of problems with irrigation supplies.
This is the third major publicly-run desalination plant in Tenerife, joining those which supply Adeje-Arona and Santa Cruz. The fourth, as I posted below, will be in Fonsalía, Guía de Isora, and will supply some 70,000 residents along the Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide coastlines, including Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena, El Varadero, Cueva del Polvo, Alcalá, Playa de San Juan and Piedra Hincada. That plant is already finished and is currently in test phase.
Updated 2 August: Granadilla Ayuntamiento has announced that the Granadilla plant has completed its test phase and will be operative in September. It will supply Abades, Porís, Arico, San Isidro, El Médano, Los Abrigos, Granadilla, Amarilla Golf, San Blas, San Miguel and Arona, and its €30m budget has been funded by the EU, the Canarian regional Government and Madrid. There is no clear information on when the Guía de Isora plant will come into operation.
Original post 5 February: The Canarian Government’s director de Aguas, Juan Ramón Felipe, together with Cabildo consejero de Aguas Manuel Martínez, Guía de Isora mayor Pedro Martín, and Granadilla Works councillor Juan Rodríguez Bello, has visited two new desalination plants which are now at test phase. The two plants, which will complement the Adeje-Arona one (link), are in Guía de Isora and Granadilla, and have received investment of €41m from Madrid and the EU; between them they will increase water resources, as well as quality, for domestic supplies in the two areas, as well as regulate costs to households, and help to release water for agricultural supplies in the medianías.
Both plants will employ a system of Reverse Osmosis and will treat some 14,000 cubic metres of water a day in their first phases, increasing to 21,000 cubic metres, and then to 42.000 cubic metres eventually. The Guía de Isora plant is based in Fonsalía, and will supply some 70,000 residents along the Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide coastlines, including Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena, El Varadero, Cueva del Polvo, Alcalá, Playa de San Juan and Piedra Hincada. The Granadilla plant is in the area’s Polígono industrial, and will supply some 60,000 residents in the Arico, Granadilla, San Miguel and Arona areas.