Costa Rica: First stage of works on new aqueduct that will supply potable water to more than 17,000 people in the North Pacific region is completed


This work is part of a US$154.5 million program financed by the multilateral that includes interventions in 16 of the country's cantons.

San Jose, April 7th, 2022.- The potable water supply problems historically faced by the canton of Bagaces in Guanacaste, North Pacific of Costa Rica, are about to be solved with the improvements to its aqueduct system that are being carried out with the financial and technical support of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).

Precisely, this Thursday, the first stage of the work was concluded, which will supply the vital liquid to more than 17,000 people, including the construction of two catchments that will provide 77 liters per second, a crossing under the riverbed and an overpass, as well as a vitrified steel tank and the installation of a pipeline, among others.

"We are pleased to confirm the progress of this important project for Guanacaste in the same week that we were able to formalize PAACUME. We have no doubt that this province will soon solve its water shortage problem, which will improve living conditions and reactivate the economy," said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

With these expansions, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA), as executing agency, would also be removing from operation the arsenic removal plants that are currently operating in the area due to a problem caused by natural causes that arose in 2013.

The investment is part of the "Water Supply Program for the San José Metropolitan Area, Urban Aqueducts II and Juanito Mora Sanitary Sewer System in Puntarenas" financed by CABEI for US$154.5 million, which includes several works throughout the country.

Also, of the active portfolio that the multilateral maintains for the benefit of this sector with seven initiatives that exceed US$1.3 billion, contributing to the 2030 Agenda, specifically to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No.6, which includes sustainability as a fundamental principle to guarantee people's lives and rights.