The sanitation of the Güímar Valley Polígono begins to be a reality with the beginning of the testing phase of the Edari (Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant), “waiting for it to be finished before the summer,” as announced yesterday by the Island Councilor for Sustainable Development and the Fight against Climate Change, Javier Rodríguez Medina. The Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Insular Water Council, yesterday connected the wastewater flow from the Polígono to the new pre-treatment infrastructure of the future Edari, an urgent need, since the water treatment is immersed in a sanction process of the European Union for not having the minimum established in the treatment of these waters. A sanction faced by the Government of the Canary Islands, with 600,000 euros every six months. “The connection that we have put in place today is the first step in the construction of the Polígono treatment plant, and, although it is a pre-treatment, it greatly improves the water treatment processes, which currently were reduced to a filtering and sifting ”, explained the counselor.
In addition, he indicated, in a visit scheduled for the press, that the island investment in the Güímar Valley will exceed 20 million euros between the Edari and the Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant (Edaru) with the intention of ending the discharges in the Shire.
“From the Cabildo we are investing as never before in water treatment, not only urban, but also industrial. We have signed the largest agreement in history with the State, and these are no longer political commitments, they are realities, “he said.
“This diversion to the existing filtering to start operating with the pretreatment already completed will generate a double benefit. On the one hand, it will notably improve the treatment received by industrial waters, and, on the other, it will free up the space currently occupied by filtering to continue advancing in the construction of the rest of the Edari facilities ”, stated Rodríguez Medina.
Likewise, the counselor emphasized that they are working “smoothly and efficiently” in the formalization of an agreement with the municipalities of the Valley (Arafo, Candelaria and Güímar). “The Insular Water Council will be the administration that assumes the management and exploitation of this infrastructure, but since it is a municipal responsibility, we need a regulatory framework, and I hope that in the coming months we can have an agreement on the text of the agreement” , he concluded.