About 200 inhabitants of three Cabécar indigenous communities in Costa Rica have populated water in their homes and schools for the first time, thanks to an investment of ₡ 185 million from the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA).
These are two new aqueducts built in the Alto Bley and Beckbätä villages (Telire indigenous territory of Alta Tamanca) and one in Kuchey (Tayní indigenous territory of Valle de la Estrella).
During the execution, the institution hired 40 members from the same communities, thereby stimulating the local economy and counting on their knowledge of the localities. The construction stage of each work took between 4 and 6 months.
“We are making great efforts to guarantee this human right to the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica. During 2020, 13 aqueducts are built in 7 territories with a total investment of ₡ 1,228 million, ”said AyA Executive President Yamileth Astorga.
He added that the AyA adequately complied with the continuous process of information and consultation required by international conventions in this matter, considering its sociocultural, environmental, linguistic, educational, generational and gender conditions.
Telire, Alta Talamanca. With an investment of ₡ 123 million, work was carried out on two aqueducts in the towns of Alto Bley and Bekbatä. The population benefited from these works -which ended in April- amounts to 110 people.
Due to the complexity of the access, it was necessary to transport all the materials on several helicopter trips, including pipes, storage tanks, concrete mix, tools such as sticks and picks, as well as Spanish-cabécar officials and interpreters.
This year, AyA will put into operation two more aqueducts in Telire de Alta Talamanca in the communities of Monteverde and Botu Bata for the benefit of 110 people.
Kuchey from Tayní. AyA completed a third aqueduct in the indigenous community of Kuchey de Tayní, in Valle de la Estrella de Limón, with an investment of ₡ 62 million for a population of 90 people.
In this same territory, in 2019 two more aqueducts were completed for the indigenous communities of Kalvery and Volcancito.
Currently, there are more than 50 aqueducts in indigenous territories, to which the AyA seeks to provide support in its management.
AyA appreciates the work of Fidelia Zúñiga of the MEP Intercultural Department for her support in these projects.