Although yesterday there were already water tanks in the Edari (Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant) of the Güímar Valley Polygon, the truth is that it will not be until tomorrow when they begin to take the water and sludge to the La Campana industrial treatment plant, in El Rosario, according to the regional deputy councilor for the Fight Against Climate Change, Miguel Ángel Pérez.
Pérez will sign this Friday the resolution to authorize the discharges in a new stage plan urgently approved by the three city councils (Candelaria, Güímar and Arafo) in extraordinary plenary sessions on Monday, one day before the authorization to pour pre-treated water into the sea expires. , although now they will have to do it with a biological treatment that the Edari still lacks. Given the latter, the manager of the Insular Water Council, Javier Dávara, indicated that “it is a matter of days” before the Edari can dispose of it.
The councilor and president of the Insular Water Council, Javier Rodríguez Medina, recalled that hiring and paying for the tanks is “a transitory measure and a municipal responsibility.” He also added that “our job is to finish the Edari and I do not think that a delay of three or four weeks, in a work that costs 7.5 million euros, is significant and more so when it is due to the fact that they have not reached us. the necessary materials due to the global crisis we are suffering”, he underlined.
The mayor of El Rosario, Escolástico Gil, stated yesterday that “El Rosario will be in solidarity with the three mayors of the Valley who suffer from this problem, which I had to assume with 700,000 euros with tanks to the Buenos Aires treatment plant while we were building the first industrial treatment plant in La Campana, with the opposition of the Cabildo government”, he recalled. That yes, Gil pointed out that “so that those vats can pour into La Campana we need to sign an agreement with the three city councils, as the municipal secretary warned us, and I hope it can be signed tomorrow,” he explained.
DIARIO DE AVISOS tried yesterday to know the opinion of the three municipal councilors of Candelaria, Arafo and Güímar, but none wanted to make statements.
Yes you can and UI
Sí se puede and Izquierda Unida Canaria (IUC) show their indignation at the delays in the construction and commissioning of the Güímar Industrial Estate, which was to be completed in September 2020. Present in the municipalities of Candelaria, Güímar and Arafo, the two parties point to the three consistories and the Tenerife Island Water Council for their “inability to assume their responsibility” in putting an end to the discharge of untreated industrial wastewater into the sea.
This is the reason why both organizations consider that the corresponding municipal plenary sessions should inform the Prosecutor’s Office of these facts, in case they could constitute a new crime against the environment and another of prevarication, while Sí se puede and IUC are evaluating the possibility to do as much.