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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Tempisque River: History of neglect threatens Guanacaste people and environment

An investigation by The Tico Times and The Voice of Guanacaste into the management of the Tempisque River shows a history of neglect, faulty data and lack of enforcement of environmental and water regulations.

Water and Sewer Institute seeks tax cuts for water-efficient appliances, fixtures

The proposal's main strategy is to cut the import, sales and selective consumption taxes on all products that save water.

Save water, ban golf courses, says Costa Rican lawmaker

Broad Front Party legislator Suray Carrillo Guevara is drafting a water conservation bill that would ban existing and future golf courses in Costa Rica.

Water protests greet Costa Rica’s Solís in Nicoya during annual festival

NICOYA, Guanacaste – A rowdy crowd gathered in Nicoya’s central square jeering lawmakers and interrupting speeches with calls for “water now!” as clouds gathered overhead Saturday afternoon. Errant drops fell, promising the irony of a rainstorm during a protest over water supply and drought relief, but the rain did not come.

President Solís announces multi-million-dollar water improvements ahead of protests in Nicoya

President Luis Guillermo Solís has been traveling across Guanacaste all week to sell his administration’s response to the the northwestern province’s chronic poverty and recent crises of drought and poor water management leading up to his speech here Saturday afternoon.

Guanacaste canton stretches water supplies to support construction

The City Council of Santa Cruz in the northwestern province of Guanacaste has continued to issue construction permits despite warnings of endangering the area's limited water supply.

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.
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