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City officials finally promise relief to Cartago residents facing ongoing water shortages

Officials from the Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) and the Paraíso Municipality on Wednesday agreed to the first steps in addressing ongoing water shortages that in recent months have extended to two additional Cartago cantons.

Solís signs decree declaring emergency over arsenic in Guanacaste water supply

For decades, residents in Costa Rica's northwestern province of Guanacaste have been drinking water containing dangerously high levels of arsenic. Despite a 2013 order from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, government agencies still have not provided Guanacastecos with clean drinking water.

Severe drought in Guanacaste causing millions of dollars in losses

On Tuesday, representatives for four public agencies discussed actions they will take to deal with a severe drought in the northern and central Pacific regions of the country.

Water bandits are the latest concern in worsening drought

Santo Domingo de Heredia declared a state of emergency due to lack of water Thursday, spreading concerns about the country's worsening drought.

Costa Rica passes 2nd ‘popular initiative’ bill, which declares water access a fundamental right

Water in Costa Rica will be considered a public good, and general access for consumption will be a fundamental right, according to a bill passed in a first-round vote Monday night at the Legislative Assembly.

Water rationing will continue for at least one month, agency says

Water shortages currently affecting 77 communities throughout Costa Rica likely will continue until the end of April, the Water and Sewer Institute said this week.
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