Flooding of Costa Blanca rough sewage swamps and sunbathers fleeing odors caused by 12k gallons of waste
Flooding of raw sewer marshes on Costa Blanca holiday resort and allowing sun worshipers to escape dirty smell caused by 12,000 liters of human waste
- An estimated 12k gallons of sewage used to water washed lost water during peak summer
- Leaving the coast in fragrant and flooded areas with drivers splashing puddles
- Council stopped the route with sand to prevent the sludge from reaching a precious beach
- They kept it open because they said the garbage didn't reach the sun worshipers
- Others thought the beachgoers were leaving because of the dirty smell on the pristine resort
Thousands of liters of raw waste water flooded a holiday resort on the Costa Blanca yesterday.
The sewer crossed the main road that ran along the coast before it entered the streets of La Zenia south of Alicante and reached a beach that achieved a & # 39; blue flag & # 39; because of its high environmental standards.
City hall employees who used an excavator created an emergency dike with sand from the beach to stop the waste water flow.
It is thought that about 12 liters of sewage were lost in the high season drama attributed to a broken pipe in a factory near the Zenia Boulevard shopping center.
Municipal workers tried to prevent the wastewater from reaching the valued blue flag Cala Bosque, one of the 11 blue flag beaches, valued for their commitment to environmental standards. Spain is the most important European country for its number of blue flag beaches with 578
More than 56,000 liters of raw wastewater flowed into the streets of the Costa Blanca yesterday at 2 p.m. in a place where British and Irish expats and holidaymakers live busy. The coast was deserted with pedestrians who had to avoid the splashes of the road
The waste water ran into the street on Thursday around 2 pm and it took several hours to dissolve it.
Recordings made by shocked holiday makers and expats in the area, where there is a huge British and Irish population, showed cars & # 39; s slower as they hit large puddles of sewage on the main road and tried to keep pedestrians away while walking along the sidewalk to avoid splashing.
A tourist was also depicted on a bicycle that cycles through a puddle of sewer water closer to the beach.
The boulevard was left deserted in the hardest hit areas when municipal officials stopped sand to try to prevent it from reaching the sea at Cala Bosque, one of 11 beaches with blue flags in the Orihuela Costa region of which La Zenia is part.
Cars are seen through the street in Costa Blanca after a pipe used to transport sewage to feed crops burst at the popular holiday destination
Councils said they had decided not to close the beach because the sewer did not reach the sea, although some locals and holidaymakers thought they had decided to pack their things and move on because of the smell.
The pipe that broke brings semi-treated sewage to an area where it is used to water washed crops.
Alderman Angel Noguera said: & # 39; Only a small part reached the beach, but because the beach is so large, it has not reached the area where people sunbathe. & # 39;
An emergency consultation has now been held with the managers of the sewage treatment plant to prevent a repeated situation from being avoided.
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