Los Angeles Residents Walk Up to 4 Hours Per Day to Look for Potable Water

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For the last two years, the homemade wells and springs that supply water to the population of Los Angeles of Nosara dry up in March and the hottest months of summer.  This year is no exception.

Los Angeles is a small town located in the higher elevations of the district next to Zaragoza. Fifteen families live there who get their water from springs and small homemade wells.

“I have a very small well, but it already has little water. By mid-March, this well will be completely dry and it will be until winter (rainy season) arrives,” commented Ademar Castillo, who lives there.

According to Castillo, during the months of shortage, they have to haul water from a creek of the Garza River. “It’s very complicated because you have to bring water in jars on your shoulder. It takes two hours walking there and back. Sometimes we even have to go twice a day,” Castillo said.

For her part, Maria del Carmen Jimenez, the cook for the Los Angeles School, explained that although the institution has a water tank, during the hottest summer months, the tank doesn’t supply enough to meet the needs of the children.

“In March, only droplets come out. It’s much too little water. Last year, people from ADIN brought us water every week, but at home, I went to wash in the river,” explained Jimenez.

According to the president of the Nosara Integral Development Association (ADIN), Marcos Avila, in 2014 they tried to create an ASADA for Los Angeles. However, the project was not approved by the Aqueducts and Sewers Institute (AyA).

Avila affirmed that AyA contended that there were not enough families to create an ASADA, the reason why they denied the proposal.

Given the need of the neighbors there, Avila explained that ADIN is in negotiations with a private property that has a large well that could supply the entire community of Los Angeles. However, the project would cost ¢12 million (about $22,500) to purchase the pump and pipes for the neighbors.