The Island Water Council of Tenerife (Ciatf) gave its approval to the execution of the work for the rehabilitation of the wastewater pumping station located in the urban area of Güímar. An action that will require an estimated investment of 239,157 euros.
“It is about the rehabilitation and commissioning of an infrastructure that was out of use, launched at the time by the Government of the Canary Islands and that had been left unfinished”, explained the Minister of Sustainable Development and Fight Against Change Climate, Javier Rodríguez Medina. The approved action consists of the Cabildo, through the Insular Water Council, proceeding to reuse this public facility, for which “we will provide it with pumping machinery.”
The island councilor pointed out that in this way “another step is taken in the liberation of this region from the serious water problem it suffers, and the flow that passed before by gravity will be pumped to the Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant (Edaru) in Güímar. to El Puertito de Güímar, which will thus free up the possibility of pouring all these waters into the sea».
Rodríguez Medina has highlighted the importance of supplying the Güímar Valley with water, sanitation and purification resources, a fact that is “of special relevance due to its economic activity not only for the region, but for the entire Island”. These discharges into the sea have been and are the cause of fines imposed by the European Union (EU) on Spain and, likewise, are part of legal proceedings still in progress.
There is the circumstance of the regional treatment plant to which the pumping station that will now be rehabilitated will supply has not yet been received by the Cabildo de Tenerife. The Valle de Güímar Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant is in a testing period and will be put into operation in the coming months.
This installation will be able to produce, when it is finished, 7,000 cubic meters of regenerated water per day, an amount that is equivalent to just over two Olympic swimming pools. A resource that will be obtained after treating the wastewater that will arrive there and that will later be used for agricultural irrigation in the area, which will also contribute to solving the water deficit suffered by this region of the Island.
It should be remembered that the other major work in the region, the industrial treatment plant in the Polígono Valle de Güímar, has been in operation in a trial period since March 17.