Failure to comply to EU directive on environmental waste water which member states were to have in place from 2001. Today Spain will be fined €11 Million for every six months period of delay in improving waste water treatment.

Seven of nine offending towns are in Andalucia, which include Tarifa, Coin, Barbate, Matalascañas Alhaurin el Grande and Isla Cristina. The two other towns are in Asturias and Canary Islands.