Spanish region plans privately funded WWTP rollout

Published November 30th, 2017

The regional government of Castilla-La Mancha is to launch a €568 million programme next year aimed at building more than 500 new WWTPs using private sector finance.

The tender, which will be divided into ten lots, is due to be published next summer by the regional water agency and has received the approval of the Spanish finance ministry in Madrid. All the plants to be built under the scheme are scheduled to be completed by 2022, with priority given to 42 municipalities identified by the European Commission in its action against Spain in the European Court of Justice for failure adequately to treat urban waste water.

According to Antonio Luengo, director of the regional water agency, the programme will benefit from the experience of Aragon, the only Spanish region to have successfully used BOT contracts to finance a major wastewater infrastructure plan. “Other regional governments will be following our experience with interest.” he told GWI.