Coastal Aqueduct of Santa Cruz Project in Progress

Written by Tamarindo News

By: Tamarindo News Photo courtesy: Casa Presidencial

  • Work will benefit 50,000 people
  • Work begun November 2017
  • Progress degree calculated at 25%

 Authorities of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) reported that after three months of work, the new coastal aqueduct of Santa Cruz is 25% completed.

Thanks to an investment of ¢8,000 million, 25 km of pipe has already been placed. It is estimated that this infrastructure will benefit approximately 50,000 people in this canton, an area where water sources are vulnerable to salinization.

Most of the water sources in the area come from underground, and overexploitation due to lack of urban planning control as well as the illegal drilling of wells, has put the water at risk in some regions, especially the coastal ones.

The Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) started work last November. This aqueduct is based on the emergency decree of 2014 that came about as a result of the drought that affected canton of Guanacaste in particular.

“This project will bring a definitive solution to the problem of fresh water to the coastal communities. We are taking advantage of a highly studied source such as the Nimboyores aquifer, which is not at risk of salinization, and for which we are working on a comprehensive management plan with various institutions and communities,” said Yamileth Astorga, AyA Executive President.

The project is promoted between AyA and 14 Rural Aqueduct Associations (ASADAS) of the canton thanks to a public-community alliance of construction, administration, maintenance and operation of the aqueduct.

The design proposes impulse line of more than 8 km from the field of wells, near Lorena, up to Cerro Huacas. From there, three different pipes will come out: one to Tamarindo, another to Matapalo and Playa Grande and the third to Brasilito, Flamingo and Potrero.

In addition to the pipes´ placement, progress has been made in the soil that will be the location of the overpasses. Other work still needed to be done includes the interconnections with the ASADAS’ systems, the installation of valves, pressure testing and the cleaning and disinfection of the pipes.

The project is scheduled to be finished in the second quarter of 2018.

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