Communities that due to repair or breakdown have to empty their pools or cisterns can notify Street Cleaning or FCC, which will collect the water free of charge.
Benidorm designs a street cleaning plan reusing water from private pools
The city uses purified water throughout the year to clean streets and irrigate parks and gardens.
The Department of Street Cleaning of Benidorm City Council and the dealer of the service – Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) – are once again designing a street cleaning campaign using “water from private pools that in the coming weeks will be emptied due to repair or maintenance work.”
This is what the councillor of the department, Luis Navarro, has advanced, recalling that “for almost two decades, Benidorm has been providing this free service to take advantage of the water from private properties that are going to be discarded; "an action that is carried out at the end of the high season, which is when pools or cisterns are emptied in cases where it is essential." According to data provided by the councilor, “last year more than 15 communities and private homes participated in this initiative.”
Navarro explained that “communities and individuals who have to empty their swimming pools or cisterns to repair any breakdown or to carry out maintenance tasks, can contact the Street Cleaning Department at telephone number 966815498 or the concessionaire itself at 965855184 to make an appointment".
Once the appointment is made, FCC personnel will travel to the property to capture the water through tank trucks and later reuse it for washing. This same operation was already carried out last August in the two pools of the Palau d'Esports l'Illa pool, adding between them more than 400,000 liters, which served to wash the streets for approximately ten days.
The Councillor for Street Cleaning has clarified that "aside from this call to capture water from private pools, in Benidorm, the use of reused water for washing streets is constant throughout the year." Also for the irrigation of green areas, as confirmed by the mayor of the Water Cycle and Parks and Gardens, José Ramón González de Zárate.
De Zárate stressed that “we are talking about a high reuse capacity compared to other cities with similar characteristics,” and has added the use of regenerated water for irrigation of green areas and street cleaning, which is part of our strategy to optimize the maximizing water resources and betting seamlessly and clearly on sustainability.”
Currently, Benidorm has three sewage hydrants installed in the municipality, to which are added three charging points for trucks available to the cleaning concessionaire in El Trinquet, Salt de l'Aigua, and Xixo. These water infrastructures are also available to firefighting services if necessary.