The National Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) signed an agreement Thursday with the Agricultural Development Institute (IDA) to build aqueducts in 16 rural communities.
The project requires an investment of ¢ 1.5 billion (nearly $3 million), half of which will financed by the Spanish government. The remaining 50 percent of the funds will come from the coffers of AyA and IDA.
The communities were selected by AyA as areas where the demand for water has “grown substantially and (communities) require this service.”
The water will supply 816 families – 4,100 people in all – with access to clean drinking water.
“With the construction of these aqueducts we are improving the living conditions of 16 communities, while guaranteeing the sustainability of the infrastructure (being built),” said Ricardo Sancho, Executive President of AyA.
The construction of the aqueducts will be supervised by a commission of engineers and builders from both IDA and AyA.
The communities that will receive new aqueducts are:
Playones de Cutris, La Virgen, San Jerónimo I, San Jerónimo II and La Palmera, in the North Huetar Region, southwest of San José; Junquillal, Montelimar, Llanos del Cortés, Lajas and Valle Real on the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwestern province of Guanacaste; La Cháves and Pablo Presbere in Heredia, north of San José; Libertad 2000 in southern Costa Rica´s Brunca region; Romakri and Pitahaya in the southern Pacific; and Cañuela in the central Pacific.