The National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) and the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) provide and distribute 57 tanks for drinking water between different Associations Administrators of Aqueduct and Sewer Systems (ASADAS) and communities of indigenous territories, which face supply problems due to the dry season and, at the same time, see limited application of protocols to prevent Covid-19.
The distribution of the reservoirs in presentations of 2.5, 5 and 10 cubic meters, allows a total storage capacity of 340 thousand liters and benefits just over 4 thousand people, some cases are communities that do not have an aqueduct, reason why the situation of its inhabitants is even more critical.
They already have these ASADAS tanks located in Poás de Aserrí, Higuito and the Trinidad de Desamparados, San Carlos, Los Chiles, Upala, Turrialba, Paraíso and Puntarenas, as well as in Garabito, Nandayure and Abangares.
In addition, part of these reservoirs will benefit approximately 250 families (1,000 people) from indigenous territories in sectors such as Ujarrás, Boruca, Salitre and Térraba. It is important to note that prior to this delivery of tanks, drinking water had been distributed to these sectors by means of tank trucks.
“For the AyA it is of utmost importance that vulnerable populations such as all those communities not supplied by an aqueduct, as well as those that are not reaching the water as a product of the water deficit that the country is experiencing, can be resolved as soon as possible their situation. Thanks to this joint effort between AyA and the CNE, today we begin to give supply options to all these people, ”said Yamileth Astorga Espeleta, Executive President of AyA.
For his part, the CNE President, Alexander Solís, stated that the purchase of tanks for educational centers and communities is carried out based on the prioritization made by the Ministry of Public Education and the AYA on the problems of drinking water supply, with the Ultimate goal of mitigating risk factors and reducing cases of COVID-19 infection.