Region, Nicoya

Hojancha and Nicoya Benefit from Investment in Guanacaste Aqueducts

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Although the government of President Laura Chinchilla has faced many complaints recently from various sectors of Guanacaste for what hasn’t been done, the central government highlighted investments that they have made of about $22 million through the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) for public works in Guanacaste. In Nicoya, about 45,000 people will benefit from a project of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) with a total cost of 437,580,000 colones ($875,160).

According to Max Gomez Martinez, customer service manager at the Nicoya AyA office, the project consists of building a new supply tank of 2,500 square meters, which will be located along the road to Samara at the junction one kilometer from the La Cabaña restaurant; as well as improving some networks in the city of Nicoya, installing pipes with wider 6-inch diameters, and connecting a new source of drinking water production in Varillal.

The project is in the final design stage, and the date of commencement of the works is still unknown.

With an investment of 537,868,680 colones ($1,075,737), drinking water now reaches a total of 1,200 people in the communities of Matambu, Los Angeles and Cerrillos of Hojancha after the construction of the integral aqueduct, according to the press department of the Presidential House. Jose Bivian Aguirre Perez, president of the Development Association of Matambu, said that the project began in 2009 and ended in December 2012, and now 95% of the inhabitants of Matambu receive water through the aqueduct. According to David Caravaca, sindic for the district of Mansion of Nicoya, which includes part of the Matambu indiginous reserve, old pipes were replaced and water is now delivered to the higher elevation areas where the pipes previously didn’t have enough strength to supply water to the people.

The project included the construction of a cistern tank and a pump station in the well field of the Hojancha aqueduct in Caimital of Nicoya, as well as a derivation from a pipeline to the lot owned by AyA up to a cistern tank and a pump station for the Matambu, Los Angeles and Cerrillos aqueduct. It also included the installation of approximately 2,850 feet of supply pipe from the pump to the storage tank located on Fila Matambu mountain to supply the towns of Matambú, Los Angeles and Cerrillos. Finally, the water is distributed by gravity from the storage tank to the communities.

Other places in Guanacsate where investments have been made in the supply, aqueduct and and sewage systems include Altos del Cacique in Playa Hermosa, Punta Islita of Nandayure, Liberia, Santa Cruz, Papagayo, Cañas, and Tilarán.

The government is also making plans to improve the aqueducts of Bagaces, Hojancha, Guardia de Carrillo, Bolson, Cañas Dulces, Lagunilla of Santa Cruz and Filadelfia, which already have the design of the improvements, and the feasibility study was conducted for the construction of a sanitary sewer in Tamarindo.