This September 1, the Regulation to the “Law to authorize the use of water for human consumption and construction of works in the natural heritage of the State” (N ° 9590) was published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.
Regulation No. 42548-MINAE regulates the process to authorize the use of surface sources in the State Natural Heritage, when there is no other viable option to supply a community, in balance with the rigorous protection of the environment.
Law No. 9590 and its regulations are essential to supply communities that, due to the effects of climate change or the poor quality of sources, need to take advantage of water located in a Protected Wild Area or within the State Natural Heritage.
With high environmental and technical requirements, the regulations guarantee respect for the right to access to drinking water and to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment, as established in the Political Constitution.
“We are committed to ensuring that all people have drinking water, while we remain vigilant in promoting sustainable development and a green economic reactivation for the construction of a new reality,” said the Minister of Environment and Energy, Andrea Meza Murillo .
She added that “the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the urgent need to supply this vital liquid both for human health and to fight inequality.”
For her part, the executive president of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), Yamileth Astorga Espeleta, stressed that the need to enable this type of projects extends to various parts of the country.
“This is another important advance towards supply for communities that have no other alternatives, such as in Guácimo and the third stage of improvements in Guápiles, or in communities supplied by ASADAS, such as Drake de Osa, Chires de Puriscal, Santa Maria de Coto Brus and Abrojo de Corredores, among others ”, highlighted the executive president.
The Natural Heritage of the State consists of forests and forest lands of national reserves, areas declared inalienable and farms registered in the name of public entities, a concept that includes Protected Wild Areas.