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Before that improvement on drinking water pipelines the houses located in the mountainous areas had water access problems.
- Public Drinking Water Institute photo -

Published Monday, May 31, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

New pipeline valued at $430,000-plus guarantees drinking water in Sarapiquí  Canton for 20 years, authorities say

The Sarapiquí Public Water Services Association, known as Asada Huetar, inaugurated a new pipeline system in the Horquetas de Sarapiquí community, in Heredia Province in which access to vital liquid is guaranteed for the next 20 years.

The installation of the new pipeline system cost about $431,776 and was paid by the Rural Development Institute.

Before that improvement on drinking water pipelines the houses located in the mountainous areas had water access problems. Now, that problem has been solved and access to water is expected to continue without difficulties for at least 20 years, according to Rafael Baltodano, president of Asada Huetar.

In addition to the pipeline system, hydrants were installed at different zones in the community. Authorities estimate that approximately 2,000 people in the community will benefit from better drinking water services.

Improvements on drinking water services were also developed recently in the cantons of San Carlos and San Ramón, Alajuela Province.

In March a drinking water storage tank valued at $236,515 was built in San Carlos in the northern zone of the country.

The giant container will provide the vital liquid to 550 houses that are located in La Tigra District, which is guaranteed drinking water for the next 20 years, authorities said.

The cost of the construction of the 400-cubic-meter tank was financed with the budget of the Ministry of Labor and installed by the Municipality of San Carlos.

Also, the Public Water Institute, AyA, inaugurated a new pipeline in San Ramón valued at $944,231.

The improvements included changing the old pipelines, installing new water lines, and building an additional storage tank with the capacity to maintain 500 cubic meters.

The project was financed with budgets by the institute and other public organizations.

According to the institute, with the improvements, the towns of Los Criques, Valle Azul, Pueblo Nuevo and El Progreso will not have a shortage of drinking water for at least the next 20 years.

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