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Cabildo pledges action over flooding hotspots 

Tenerife Cabildo is to invest 1.7 million in the improvement of rainwater harvesting in Santa Cruz.

The department of municipal cooperation, housing and water has given its approval to the technical report of the project for the installation of water collectors in the city.

This work will provide the necessary installation to deal with the collection of rainwater in the southwest district, which will reduce the risk of flooding in this area of the Tenerife capital.

The project, which has a budget of 1.7 million euros, will be financed 50 per cent between the Cabildo and city council. The execution period is 14 months.

First vice-president and councillor of municipal cooperation, Aurelio Abreu, explained that the works are included in the Insular Plan of Cooperation of works and services of municipal compe-tence of the period 2014-2017. He also highlighted the commitment of the Cabildo to collaborate with munici-palities in solving this type of problem with the collection of rainwater, “as we have been doing in recent years, not only in Santa Cruz, but also in other locations on the island.”

Sr. Abreu recalled that in the case of the Tenerife capital, the insular institution, in coordination with the City Council, has also made “an investment effort” at other points, such as the Venezuelan avenue, the Acorán or La Gallega urbanisation, where important actions have been carried out for the collection of rainwater.

The work of this project consists of the execution of a rainwater collector that will start at the intersection of Cercado Corazón avenue with the La Gomera roundabout, until it is poured into the La Monja ravine. The installation of a high density polyethylene pipe is foreseen and the conduction of wells will be provided to save the necessary height, in order to limit its speed in the interior.

In the section of the avenue Hespérides, the collector will cross with an ovoid that currently exists of residual waters, coming from Llano del Moro. Surface catch-ment elements will also be placed.