SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, June 2 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Cabildo de Tenerife has approved in the Governing Council a multi-year expenditure of 20 million euros to carry out the expansion and remodeling of the current regional treatment plant of Puerto de la Cruz, in Punta Brava.
As explained by the acting Island Councilor for Sustainable Development and Fight against Climate Change and vice-president of the Island Water Council, Javier Rodríguez Medina, with this expense “it is intended to adapt the current facilities of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (EDAR), which dates back to the 1990s, to community regulations and to the new water purification and reuse model that is being developed throughout the island”.
In this sense, he recalled that by the end of this year “the works of the new wastewater collectors planned in the region will be completed, which include 12 kilometers of pipeline, whose commissioning will allow channeling and treating a greater volume of wastewater, preventing them from going underground.
For his part, the mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, Marco González, points out in a note that this project represents “advance for the municipality, and especially for the Punta Brava neighborhood, to improve sustainability, taking care of the aquifer and the coasts and completing the integral water cycle, which will also result in having excellent quality recycled water available for public spaces”.
Specifically, the expansion project of the Punta Brava WWTP, which will go out to tender in the coming months, will increase the wastewater treatment capacity from 6,500 to 10,000 cubic meters.
To do this, during the 2024-2026 period, a state-of-the-art treatment plant will be built in the same facility where the current one is located, which will continue to be operational while the work lasts.
This new treatment plant will also have a tertiary system to convert treated water into regenerated water.
PROMOTING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
“It is a way of promoting the circular economy, giving a new value to the water that reaches the treatment plant and which, once it is properly treated, will rise to the Cruz Santa pool so that it can be reused as sewage water. irrigated land for the crops in the region”, comments the counselor.
Javier Rodríguez also emphasizes that the new infrastructure will be equipped with the latest technology with the aim of guaranteeing that the operation of the new treatment plant will continue to be compatible with the tourist development of the area.
“The new WWTP will contemplate more modern deodorization and confinement systems to avoid the slightest impact on noise and bad odors,” he said.
The acting head of the Sustainable Development area added that the forecast is that, once this first expansion of the WWTP is completed, the drafting of a second project will be commissioned in order to proceed with the demolition of the current treatment plant and double the capacity to generate purified water, up to 20,000 cubic meters.
In a complementary way, the Insular Water Council is also carrying out the works for the integral rehabilitation and improvement of the underwater outfall of this treatment plant, which has a budget of 2.7 million euros.