Adeje reopens La Pinta beach after positive results from water analysis

2020/07/01 17:26:33 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

Adeje council has reopened Playa de la Pinta today, Wednesday 1st July, the beach had been closed since Monday June 29th as a preventative measure following the detection of discharge along the water line. The analysis carried out by the municipal laboratory yesterday confirmed that the water is now clean, and the beach was reopened.

The conclusions reached by the council’s technical team include “the suspicion that the discharge came from further out in the open sea and therefore from a boat, and this is supported by the kind of waste detected”. Therefore the local administration have informed other relevant authorities including the Canarian port authorities so that all boats using these waters will be reminded of the ‘good practise’ measures in place.

Chronology of the discharge:

The discharge in the waterline along Playa de la Pinta, beside Puerto Colón, was detected on Monday afternoon by the lifeguard team, who informed the local police and the relevant department.

The beach was closed and the public informed through the usual channels, as a precautionary measure to protect the health of beach users and bathers, given too that the teams were not sure as to the origin of the discharge.

On Tuesday the municipal laboratory carried out a series of analysis which confirmed the presence of faecal matter in the discharge, which is why the beach remained closed.

The technicians were also testing for the presence of any microbes or other organisms or chemical residues that would affect the quality of the bathing water and risk the health of bathers.

Today, Wednesday, the latest results show that the water is now clear of any matter and apt for bathing, and the beach was reopened.  

In parallel, the council has made a series of enquiries to those entities that have water pipes in the area to confirm that there were no leaks or problems that might have caused spillages near the beach. 

The fact that there were no leaks combined with the disappearance of the discharge within 48 hours leads the experts to conclude that the discharge was from a boat in the open sea and the port authorities will now see if they can identify the culprit.