On May 8, the ASADA of Santo Domingo of Samara was able to connect water service to branch 2, with a 2,300-meter extension towards Samara that will benefit ten families that were excluded from branch 1, which is located in the center of the community.
The total cost of the project was approximately ₡3 million ($6,000), and the piping was donated by the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA – Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados). According to Gladis Lopez, secretary for the ASADA, the goal is now to continue with branch 3, which will run towards the Las Vegas neighborhood and is almost two kilometers long.
“We’re already looking for help to finish branch 3; we just need 1,100 more meters of piping to start construction,” Lopez said.
During the summer of 2014, the ASADA took water in tanks to one family that lives in the area of branch 3, since the handmade well they had been using dried up. “The goal is to finish with the problem this year. We already have 80 tubes; we need 110 more and the accessories,” explained Lopez.
The president of the ASADA in Santo Domingo, Ana Maria Cordero, said, “We emphasize that we are not selling water to anyone; the residents are from this area, and the foreigners who live here also have rights, as potable water is a right for every human being. We’re working to provide better service every day, in quantity and quality,” she said.