Rivers of sewage contaminate La Zenia and Palma due to torrential downpours

Published:  12 Aug at 6 PM
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Expats and holidaymakers are struggling to avoid the rivers of sewage contaminating two favourite Spanish resorts.

This year’s peak holiday season in Alicante and around a favourite Majorcan beach has been badly affected by sewage leaks attributed to heavy rainfall in both locations. Literally thousands of litres of untreated sewage have flooded the Costa Blanca region, cutting across the N332 coast road and filling the streets of La Zenia just south of Alicante before reaching a blue flag beach.

The filthy flood is purported to have been the result of a processing plant’s broken pipes, with resident expats hard hit and holidaymakers taking footage of the sewage as it advanced. Tourists were seen cycling through raw sewage, and the beach has been partially closed off as workers attempt to stop the flood inundating Cala Bosque beach and the ocean. Expat residents as well as holidaymakers were seen packing up and moving away from the area due to the appalling smell, even although the flow has now been stopped by emergency workers.

At the same time, a popular beach in Majorca has also been closed due to sewage inflows, causing fears for the health and safety of residents and tourists alike. According to the local authority, torrential downpours had caused sewage and rain water to mix due to the inability of facilities to cope with the influx of water. It seems the choice of Majorca for a summer holiday was unfortunate, as the sewage problem came following an attack by anti-tourism agitators in Palma during which cars where smashed, tyres slashed and anti-tourism graffiti sprayed.
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