STAFF REPORTER
THE Town Council in Andratx is taking the Balearic government to task over a number of untreated water spillages in the Camp de Mar water course (torrente).

The beach continues to be registered as safe for bathing, although according to the local council's Environment deputy, it's not yet in a condition to recuperate the European Blue Flag for water cleanliness and safety which it lost last year.

Mayor's deputy Gabriel Puigserver suggested that in the analysis which had been undertaken by Andratx Town Council, bacteria from untreated water had been isolated but only within the confines of the water course.

Meanwhile, the regional Ministry for the Environment has responded hotly, saying that the spillage can be traced to a local hotel. The septic tank of the establishment has a filter system which backs onto the water course. Measures are reportedly being taken to divert the filtration to the local sewage treatment plant which will solve the issue of the spillage. The Mayor's deputy however, said that the blame lies with the government on three counts: the new effluent network of the desalination plant, excess irrigation spillage and a septic tank from where treated sewage water is filtered to the sea.

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