The City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has formally opened an investigation to gather more information from the Emmasa Company relating to the technical problems over the treatment of purified water that caused a spill in the area of La Hondura.
The fourth Deputy Mayor and Public Services Councillor, Damaso Arteaga, said that Emmasa has already been requested to provide information in writing in order to learn more about the nature and scope of this incident, as well as the exact duration of the spill, the estimated flow and the possible effects.
Damaso Arteaga issued a statement that said he believed the solution to this problem involves the execution of the expansion work of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Buenos Aires, which has recently been awarded by the Government of the Canary Islands, but scheduled works have not yet begun.
Damaso Arteaga also says that this is not an exclusive problem for Santa Cruz, since the water treatment plant comes from two other municipalities, and there was insufficient capacity when it was first built. He says that this work must now be carried out urgently, and within the deadlines of the contract.
It is reported by the City Council that the waters discharged in La Hondura, pending the start of the expansion works of the wastewater treatment plant of Buenos Aires, are pre-treated and have the control and authorisation of the Ministry of Environment of the Government of the Canary Islands, in order to guarantee compliance with the parameters required by law through exhaustive measures and controls.
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