Benidorm clears wa­ter chan­nels

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Shel­ley Lid­dell

BENIDORM coun­cil work­ers have been clean­ing rub­bish that has ac­cu­mu­lated in the town’s wa­ter chan­nels that col­lect the run-off wa­ter from the area’s ravines. In all twenty 4,000-litre ca­pac­ity bins were filled with up with solid waste and veg­e­ta­tion

Ur­ban scene coun­cil­lor, José Ramón González de Zárate, said "For the past two months, Hidraqua op­er­a­tors, and mu­nic­i­pal bri­gades formed by young peo­ple hired by the coun­cil, thanks to Eu­ro­pean funds, have cleared out the town’s six wa­ter chan­nels to leave them ready to cope with any pos­si­ble episodes of heavy rains.”

The rub­bish ac­cu­mu­lated could have po­ten­tially caused a chan­nel to block in the case of heavy rain­fall, re­sult­ing in flood­ing.

De Zárate said, "We can only take ac­tion on the ur­ban sec­tion of the wa­ter chan­nels, since the clean­ing of the rest of the chan­nel is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Ju­car Hy­dro­graphic Con­fed­er­a­tion."

He also ex­plained that “the mu­nic­i­pal bri­gades are now fo­cus­ing on the clean­ing of ru­ral roads"; although they would check on the wa­ter chan­nels to clear them when nec­es­sary.

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