Sewage work delay stink as EU fines Andalucía

Regional government has yet to finish any of the 38 projected plants despite collecting millions in taxes

This photo from 2014 allegedly shows raw sewage being pumped into the sea off the coast of Roquetas de Mar

By David Jackson

The failure by the regional government to improve sewage treatment has led to a record €46 million fine from the European Commission.

Across the province, none of the 38 projected new sewage works have been completed despite hundreds of millions of euros being raised in taxes for the projects.

Across Andalucía, the Junta has over the last three years collected in excess of €395 million from a sewage treatment tax and a water infrastructure tax which is levied on every water bill.

But over the same period it has spent less than €50 million on treatment plants, according to a report by the budget ombudsman.

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