Divers hired by the Cartagena City Council repair the section of pipe damaged by a storm, in front of Cala Reona beach
The Cartagena City Council plans to finish tomorrow the repair works of the Cabo de Palos submarine outfall, the infrastructure that transports the treated water to the Mediterranean in the municipal treatment plant that serves this town, La Manga and the southern arc of the Mar Menor .
This was assured to LA VERDAD municipal sources, who recalled that the Consistory invests 90,000 euros in these works to solve the break in a section of the pipeline, caused in January by a storm.
Divers from the company hired by the Administration removed one of the outfall’s elbows from the water and yesterday they were working on replacing it with a new one. To do this, they transported materials and equipment on a boat.
In early July, the mayor of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, ruled out the existence of damage and risks to the environment. He affirmed that they are waters subjected to treatment work and supervised by the health authority. And he recalled that the emissary deposits the water at a point further from the coast and that its correct operation would be guaranteed with the repair work.
The reasons given for not addressing the repair earlier were that unstable weather and storms made inspection with divers difficult. Faced with criticism from neighbors, fishermen, environmentalists and the Arco Sur Irrigation Community (which uses the outfall to evacuate surpluses) due to the turbidity of the water, the City Council awarded the works. One of the objectives was to avoid problems on the beach of Cala Reona.
In any case, the authorities insisted that the dark color of the water observed on some days was caused by sediment carry-over, not by chemical contamination. This is the second fix in just a year. In the summer of 2020, the Regional Entity for Sanitation and Treatment (Esamur) invested 600,000 euros in another section.