Thousands of people are Receiving Contaminated Water in Guanacaste

2016.02.14 Photo InsertRDF TOPIC AREA: The Struggle for Water in Guanacaste

As the result of the over-exploitation of aquifers throughout the northwestern province of Guanacaste, thousands of people are receiving water that has been salinized to the point it is no longer fit for human consumption, Elizabeth Fallas, one of the officials that oversees community water systems known as ASADAs for the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), told in an interview published Wednesday morning. According to Fallas, the problem is in large part due to the drilling of illegal wells, which are overstressing the province’s underground aquifers. Read More -> 2016.02.14, RDF Newsletter, Vol 16, Edition 02.14

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Guanacaste Water Contaminated With Salt: Not Fit For Humans

2016.02.10, Photo InsertRDF TOPIC AREA: The Struggle for Water in Guanacaste

Overuse of aquifers in Guanacaste has turned drinking water salty, making it unusable for human consumption. Part of the problem is that the continued drought in Guanacaste has created a very bad situation where people are drilling illegal wells, which places additional stress on the aquifers, which causes the salt contamination. Read More -> 2016.02.10, RDF Newsletter, Vol 16, Edition 02.10

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In Joint Effort Public Institutes to Search for New Guanacaste Water Source

2016.01.23, Photo InsertRDF TOPIC AREA: The Struggle for Water in Guanacaste

In a joint effort between the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), engineers will soon begin a quest to find additional water sources for Costa Rica’s drought-stricken Guanacaste province. The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) will coordinate the joint project. Read More ->  2016.01.23, RDF Newsletter, Vol 16, Edition 01.23

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Las Catalinas Project Again in the Eye of the Storm

2015.11.11, Photo InsertRDF TOPIC AREA: Environmentally Damaging Development.

The Las Catalinas project is built in the middle of tropical dry forest on a plot of more than 600 hectares located north of Potrero adjacent to the beaches of Playa Danta and Playa Dantita in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. (…) Since the inception of the project, the ASADA of Potrero has rejected giving it water because the ASADA lacked the required capacity. Moreover, water in the area is scarce. Nevertheless, the Municipality of Santa Cruz issued building permits for the project’s entire infrastructure, despite the fact that the project did not have a guaranteed supply of drinking water for its condominiums, homes, shops, gardens and swimming pools, as well as other works. Acting only on the basis of a 2008 request for a water well permit, the Municipality purposely ignored one of the municipal regulation’s minimum requirements for construction: “the certainty of available water”.

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