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Sámara A.S.A.D.A. Prepares for 2010 - Water Board Enters the New Year with Inadequate Budget and One Less Member

(L)Berit Funke delivers her resignation speech at the end of 5 dedicated years with the Water Board. (R) The 2008-2009 Water
comes together to discuss and prepare for the upcoming fiscal year.

On Saturday November 21st Members of Samara’s Water Board met for the Annual Sámara AyA Assembly in Samara’s community hall to announce and analyze Board Member reports, hear motions and agreements, and elect 2010 Board members. The assembly presented the 15-20 attendees with the 2009 annual budget, aquifer water level records and the opportunity to voice questions and commentaries of the community. Highlights of the meeting include the President of the Board’s address to the forecasted drought of 2010, and the resignation of Board Member Berit Funke.

Administrator of Samara Aqueduct Eduardo Arnáez Montes presented this years budget, stating “we devise this budget for the purpose of organizing and quantifying the incomes and expenses that our aqueduct is possibly going to have in the period covered between October 1st 2009 and September 30th, 2010”. The budget lists the single greatest income as the approximated ¢32.000.000 generated by monthly water consumption payments and fines. Among the most costly expenses are salary payments amounting to ¢9.450.000, ¢12.000.000 for construction materials and ¢8.000.000 for the purchase of a new vehicle. After outlining the details of said budget, he concluded that “The budget for the fiscal period of 2009-2010 lists the total sum of incomes as ¢33.875.000, and the total sum of expenses of ¢47.540.000.” He confirmed “this budget has a shortage of funds of ¢13.665.000 which will be financed by savings the Aqueduct has in Banco Nacional”.

When the time came to address community questions and commentaries, the Voice of Nosara asked the board to proposed preparation for the forecasted drought of 2010. President of the Board Carlos Esquivel Esquivel responded “not to worry, we will have water”.

Concluding 5 consecutive years of service to the Board, Berit Funke presented a speech detailing the struggle to protect and preserve Samara’s water sources. She stated that “in 2006 SENARA (the governmental institution in charge of subterranean waters) declared our aquifer of extreme vulnerability and recommended absolute protection of all lowlands surrounding the Mala Noche River“. Despite this, she reports “MINAE, AyA, the municipality and ICT still have not officially declared the zone protected, but with our studies, those of SENARA and one by CNE, we are now a bit more sure that nobody is able to build on the aquifer. We have had and still have problems with invasions, destruction and contamination in the area, but we are in the process of legalizing the lands closest to the wells, to boarder them and reforest some parts”. She concluded by stating that “now is the time to involve the corresponding institutions to reach the goal that Sámara always have enough drinkable water.”

Aside from Funke’s resignation, the Water Board had only one change in membership, the addition of a newly appointed Third Voter Marta Rodríguez Rodríguez.

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