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07.30.2008

Busturialdea Water Consortium awards Befesa the project for the general collector on the left bank of the river Mundaka, in Biscay

Busturialdea Water Consortium, the public utility responsible for water supply and treatment in twenty municipalities in the province of Biscay (Spain), has awarded Befesa Agua, under a joint venture with the company Construcciones Intxausti, the almost two million euro work execution contract for the general collector on the left bank of the river Mundaka, on the section between this municipality and the treatment plant at Lamiaran.

Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1984, the river Urdaibai is one of the Basque Region’s richest natural landscapes. The 12 kilometers of extensive sandbars at its estuary, where fresh (sweet) and salt water meet, is the most important wetland region of Euskadi.

At present, Mundaka treatment network discharges both sewage and river storm water on the north coast of the municipality. This results in considerable degradation of this protected area. The contracted works will allow collection of all the discharges and their transfer, via a pumping station, to the future wastewater treatment station at Lamiaran.

With this project that will provide services for a horizon population of more than 5,500 inhabitants in the holiday season, Befesa consolidates its presence in the Basque Region in the water market, where it was previously awarded the construction contract for the Ugarte-Kareaga wastewater collector and the array of interceptors required to gather the district’s wastewaters.