Work on a new waste water treatment plant (ETAR) in Portimão council is due to start at the end of this year or in the first quarter of 2012.
This new €20 million facility will be managed by regional water authority Águas do Algarve. Tenders submitted by qualified firms are currently being considered, with an announcement on the successful bidder expected in the third quarter of this year.
Águas do Algarve says the current ETAR at Companheira area “has been for a long time out of the compliance with the legal regulatory discharge parameters defined by law. The bad smell that comes from this infrastructure and the discharges to Ribeira de Boina has to come to an end.”
The new plant will also treat the sewage networks of Estômbar, Calvário, Mexilhoeira da Carregação and Monchique.
A spokesman from Águas do Algarve told the Algarve Resident: “This new plant will have the most advanced treatment technologies in order to ensure the compliance of a good quality sewage water treatment and eliminate the bad smells. “This new infrastructure will also improve the quality of the waters of the beaches of Ferragudo and Pintadinho.”