An end to Tenerife’s sewage problems – that is the promise as works start on the Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide coastline

Photo: Pedro Martín.

Guía de Isora has welcomed the investment, amounting to over €27m, that will see west Tenerife’s wastewater treatment problems solved. That’s the idea, anyway, and work has already been started by public company Aguas de las Cuencas de España (ACUAES) at the sewage treatment plant and pumping station in Playa de San Juan which will incorporate pre-treatment of water from Guía de Isora and Chío which is then combined with that from coastal drains to be jointly treated. Technically, the works are designed for a population of around 100,000 and a maximum treatment flow of 10,325 m3/day by 2036. This stage of the works should be completed within 24 months and represents an investment of just over €11m. Preliminary preparations for further coastal works totalling €14 are themselves already underway, with additional linked projects in the medianías costing just over €2m due to start in a few months.

The works are part of the coordinated programme that ACUAES has developed in collaboration with the Tenerife Cabildo and the Consejo Insular de Aguas de Tenerife to improve sanitation and sewage treatment. Not before time, many will say, and there will be little patience any more for what we have come to recognize as habitual inaction after major planning and especially funding announcements, or “other projects” requiring funding diversions. Tenerife President Pedro Martín himself, however, yesterday committed to ending irregular discharges and inadequate sewage throughout the whole island within the next four years: it is being co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF 2014-2020, within the Pluri-regional Operational Programme of Spain (POPE), Martín explained, saying the works were one more step in caring for the environment and solving a serious urban problem.

Well, yes, it has been a serious problem for a long time, and this is not a moment too soon to resolve it. it’s good to know that “the JCBs are already working in the Santiago del Teide-Guía de Isora plant” but they will have to continue to do so because there is no way any more that anyone will stand by and tolerate politics as usual. Let’s hope this really is the beginning of the end of Tenerife’s – at least west Tenerife’s – longstanding sewage problems.