Malaga City Council empties Tomillar dam for maintenance cost calculation
Malaga city council empties the Tomillar dam at a maintenance cost of around € 400,000.
Summer is upon us on the Spanish Costa del Sol, so many people are wondering if now is the right time to empty the Tomillar Dam, but it has to be done. According to the Department of Public Works, demand for water in the region is skyrocketing and the facility must be able to supply the region with enough “precious liquid” to cover the summer, which is expected to be one of the most important. hotter for years. .
Environmental Sustainability Advisor Gemma del Corral and Campanillas District Advisor Ruth Sarabia visited the maintenance works accompanied by Emasa technicians and representatives from Aula del Mar, who oversaw the emptying of the dam.
There are a total of 14 different types of repairs and improvements planned, types, with an estimated budget of € 400,000, which include new installations, such as the valves at the tail of the dam; improvement of the environment, the protective breakwater on the embankment of the access road to the water intake tower; and draft maintenance, such as cleaning sludge around the lower intake, changing butterfly valves in drain pipes, and inspecting the operation and cleanliness of intake tower valves, in short, a major project.
In addition, the integration of new technologies such as the placement of robotic cameras in the evacuation pipes or the topography carried out with drones is under study.
Work is expected to be completed in three or four weeks, by which time the dam will be refilled and it will be fully operational in two weeks, although it will only return to normal capacity for seven or eight weeks.
This is the second time that the dam has been emptied, which is necessary to undertake the improvement and maintenance works, since its commissioning in 1996, the last time it was done in 2009.
The work has so far taken about a month and, thanks to supplies from other reservoirs, has avoided any wastage of water while respecting and caring for the many species of animals and insects that inhabit the area. the local environment.
Experts from Aula del Mar will oversee further work until filling the dam with millions of liters of water is complete.
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