Local News (10th August 2017 issue)

Purified Water in Alcúdia Hotels

Built in Alcúdia in 2010 at a cost of €1.5m, Mallorca’s most ambitious purified water network has never actually come to fruition. The project, a pioneering one on the island, saw an extensive network of pipes to connect the town’s water supply with the tourist plant with the idea of using the resulting purified water for the toilets and garden irrigation. Many hotels relied on the model and adapted their infrastructure, but the purified water never flowed through their pipes.

The problem, which was not considered at the time, is the leakage of salt water into the sewerage network, meaning the water that arrives at the purifier has a high level of salinity. The system purifies the water, but does not remove the salt. Ultimately, for sanitary and environmental reasons, the purified water cannot be used.

No the council of Alcúdia has requested that the Government use part of the funds collected through the Sustainable Tourism Tax to finance the €800,000 needed to reform the sewage system of the southern area of Alcúdia in order to stop salt water entering the system.

The project of the Alcúdia hotel plant to the tertiary sewage plant cost a total of €4.5m. It was expected to supply purified water to 15,000 hotel beds reducing water consumption by 30-50% in the municipality. 


Bee Aware(ness)

Alcudia is adopting new measures to deal with managing bees when they become a problem in the town. When an annoying swarm settles in a building or an inconvenient place, the usual way to handle it is to call the firemen. They capture them in a box, if they can, or in the most dangerous or difficult cases an insecticide spray ends the problem.

Now the Natura Parc Foundation has started a swarm rescue service, where the bees are moved without being killed. Last week David Llompart, bee-catching expert, held a demonstration over 10m high on the façade of the church of Sant Jaume in Alcudia. For a while two swarms have colonized cracks in the old building and Llompart employed a technique to move them without causing any harm. First he placed a mesh funnel in each crack sealing other possible exits. “The bees go out looking for food but then they do not know how to re-enter through the mesh funnel,” he explains. Next to this funnel is an artificial hive containing either a queen or eggs. The worker bees colonize the new ‘hive’, which can then be moved to another place where it doesn’t cause any problems.

Antoni Mir, mayor of Alcudia, attended the rescue and told press that “it may be more laborious because the artificial beehive has to be hung for 20 days, but it is much better because it is necessary to preserve the bees for their ecological value.”


New School in Alcudia: Update

Last week, the Minister of Education and University, Martí March, presented in the new Infantil and Primaria school projects to the council in Alcudia. Shortly after, he met with the mayor of Santa Margalida, Joan Monjo, to discuss the possibility of building another school in Can Picafort.

As reported in TOTN, in May an agreement between Government and Local Council was signed for the financing and execution of the new CEIP, which will have six units for Infants and twelve for Primary. In all they will host 450 students.

The presentation to various officials followed the explanations of the architect responsible for the project, Guillem Quetglas. The estimated budget is around €4.3m and will take around 14 months once work has begun.

Conseller March also met with the mayor of Santa Margalida, who has requested a new school in Can Picafort. The City Hall has a plot of 6,000sqm, which they acquired in 2013 for €480,000.


Goat Danger

Mayors from the north have called for action regarding the wild goats of the Serra de Tramuntana that are coming down the mountains in search of water, food and cooler temperatures. These goats create serious problems in the roads and have already caused some accidents. They also cause damage to agriculture and property. Miquel Àngel March, mayor of Pollensa, who has been president of the GOB, said “the problem is serious... they represent a danger to the flora Autochthonous and can mean the extinction of very fragile species of our mountains…” he also noted that in Puerto Pollensa, “they come down to the Boquer area for food bins.” They also cause problems in Formentor.