Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dry Weather Expected to Cause Water Shortage


(translated via

It is expected that this year the dry season causes a reduction in the water systems of AyA, so supply is rationed for hours.

Eduardo Lezama, deputy manager of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), acknowledged that this year will be very complicated in terms of water supply, as the summer strong impact to the sources of production, which will lower the flow, which will result in a shortage controlled.
Lezama said the shortage, which began earlier than expected, affect the metropolitan and coastal areas, as this year promises to be drier.

Such is the impact that the campaign began water rationing before, started the previous weekend and spent by the decline in production Tiribí River, which fell by 50%.

"It is a warning and do not know how it will behave, so since we are ready with a plan to address the situation. We will have meetings with the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) to refine the action plan, which will be ready in two weeks, "Lezama said.

He noted that the IMN initial projections are not encouraging, as it is expected to heavily impact the dry season and between areas that will be affected between January and March are North Pacific, Central Valley and Central Pacific.

Lezama said that in coming weeks the company will announce the plan of action to follow to meet the summer, but said the company has invested in and works well to reduce the onslaught.

The assistant manager of AyA expects the critical part of the summer is between March and April, when the shortage will intensify controlled hours.


Malonetravels2 said...

Excellent post, thanks. Montezuma has a well that is almost dry. Locals report that a community meeting was held today and conservation efforts agreed upon. Also talk about trying to find the money to drill another well. The hotel where we are staying has a common kitchen for guest use and it was being closed at noon until tomorrow. Toilets and showers were supposed to continue in operation. handwashing sinks at the toilets have water flow limiting on off, and water heaters on the head. Have noticed that many of the other faucets including the one in the kitchen have no water conservation heads such as aerators, and much water is wasted as a result. In addition, drip irrigation is not in wide use and the hotel down the hill was watering the air and gardens and its extensive lawn for hours two days ago, even after the water problem was known... Conservation education and committment is needed?

Living Life in Costa Rica 2 said...

WONDERFUL information - THANX for sharing it MaloneTravels2!

SOOOO TRUE - "Conservation education and commitment" is SOOOOO needed in Costa Rica!!!