“All the water that goes to the sewage processing plant in Pollensa this summer will be given full treatment before it is channelled out into the sea”. This is the commitment given by Jaume Font, the Balearic Environment minister, who, along with other local authorities in Pollensa yesterday, placed the foundation stone signalling the start of extension works on the plant premises. Font acknowledged the fact that up until now, untreated water had been allowed to pour into the sea at certain overflow points, circumstances “which can't be allowed to continue” he affirmed. The first major works to extend the Pollensa sewage treatment plant will include a special processing section for muddy effluent.
At present, the plant can hardly cope with 7'000 cubic metres of through-flow per day but by the time the remedial and extension works are completed, the treatment process will have tripled its capacity. The excessive amount of effluent that arrives at the plant in summer means that there is a continual overflow being channelled out into the torrents (water courses), a state of affairs that has been complained about by local residents who have legally accused the Balearic Sanitation company, Ibasan, of committing a crime against the environment. The cost of the works will total roughly 8 million euros, of which approximately 4 million will come from European funding.
The work will be carried out in two phases.

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