24 Oct PROJECT TO IMPROVE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY TO LA ZAPATILLERA NEIGHBOURHOOD
The Zapatillera neighbourhood is located in the urban area of Elche, continuing on from the historic town centre towards the Altabix neighbourhood. The drinking water supply pipes were mainly composed of fibre cement and were too small for the needs of the area. The purpose of the job was to ensure their size was suitable for the drinking water requirements in the area by replacing the affected fibre cement ducts and renovating the footpaths. Handling these pipes had the added difficulty of the presence of asbestos, which needed to be handled and removed. The job is currently very advanced, and is in fact almost at an end. Measures were taken during the handling of the asbestos to ensure workers avoided being exposed to potentially toxic and dangerous elements, specifically the operators were equipped with special clothing and personal protective equipment fit for purpose. On a purely anecdotal note, the sight of the workers dressed and equipped with such equipment added to the current alert situation surrounding the viral infection Ebola leading the population to imagine a horrific hypothetical viral contamination. This even led to the presence of the press in the area to report the situation, clarifying and quoting in the newspapers that “… It is not Ebola, only asbestos …” http: / /www.diarioinformacion.com/elche/2014/10/22/ebola-amianto/1558482.html, photographs published and collected from the Diario Información.