Two years’ worth of sand
Torrevieja town hall has given more information on the huge quantity of sand which has accumulated over the last decade at the Torreblanca ravine near La Mata.
Councillor for beaches Javier Manzanares said the council will have access to at least 15,000 cubic metres of sand to replenish the town’s beaches, giving the local authority a reserve for at least two years.
The councillor noted that the town hall has awarded a contract to a company to remove the sand, clean it and store it.
“We have never had such a huge quantity of sand to regenerate our beaches after winter storms,” he said.
The council was first warned by the Segura river and water authority (CHS) over the blockage caused to the flood ravine by the sand.
The councillor said the build-up started when a building company dumped a large quantity of sand at the site in 2007 after it had been dug out of a building site.
He said that this was ‘dune sand’ and it continued to accumulate over the years due natural phenomena ‘along with rubbish from illegal tipping, which means that it is not apt for the beaches at the moment’.