The sea starts here

The sea starts here

THROW NOTHING: Help to prevent pollution in the Mediterranean Photo credit: Denia town hall

EIGHTEEN Marina Alta towns and the area’s Rotary Clubs celebrated World Water Day by launching the El Mar Empieza Aqui campaign.
The Sea Starts Here is an initiative by Spain’s Association of Public Supply Operators (AEOPAS) who provide domestic water.
AEOPAS and those who collaborate with the scheme want to remind the public that rubbish and litter thrown down drains or dumped in streambeds – even those that are usually dry – eventually ends up in the Mediterranean.
Metal plaques and stickers shaped like fish bearing the message, No tires nada, el mar empieza aqui (Don’t throw anything, the sea starts here,) have now been installed beside drain gratings throughout the 18 towns.
To make doubly sure that the message sinks in, the message has been translated into several languages.
The environment is one of Rotary International’s principal concerns and Javea’s Rotary Club was the first to join the campaign, followed soon afterwards by those from Benissa-Teulada, Calpe and Denia.
Local bodies including Javea’s municipal water supply company, Amjasa, the Club Nautico Javea, La Marina de Denia, Sinma, Solgata, the Isbjorn Collective and Urbaser have joined the campaign, which also involves Marina Alta schools.

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