Some 400 people from the communities of El Puente, Bakömdi and Buena Vista, in the indigenous territory of Salitre, Buenos Aires de Puntarenas, will have access to drinking water in their homes, thanks to a ₡ 190 million project whose construction began this week.
The project of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), carried out in coordination with the Indigenous Development Association (ADI), will bring water to towns that today lack an aqueduct.
“With this work we reinforce our commitment to the human right to water in indigenous communities, in a continuous consultative process, to contribute to public health and development. At this moment we have 11 aqueduct projects in indigenous territories under construction or to be executed, with an investment of ₡ 1,996 million, ”said AyA’s executive president, Yamileth Astorga.
“I am grateful to the AyA officials who have made possible the beginning of the construction of the aqueduct, as it will bring health, progress and development to these three indigenous communities that need it so much. This is a work that we have been waiting for many years, ”said the president of ADI Salitre de Buenos Aires, Francisco Ortiz.
The works in the Salitre indigenous territory consist of the collection of five water sources in the mountain, the installation of 13 kilometers of pipeline in very rough terrain and the construction of two storage tanks.
The institution hired 13 indigenous people from the territory to build the project, which would be completed in 2022, as less intrusive methods will be used to carry out the works while respecting cultural rights and national and international legislation on this matter.
In the last 6 years, AyA has completed 15 aqueducts with a value of more than ₡ 1,300 million that benefit some 9,500 people.
In all these projects, continuous consultative processes with an intercultural approach are promoted, where cultural rights and respect for current international and national legislation are considered.