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The Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) – water and sewer utility – expects more than 325.000 to be affected by the water rationing that will be in place in different parts of the Gran Área Metropolitana (GAM) – Greater San José area.

Santa Ana, Escazú and Alajuelita will be the areas most affected with no water in the taps more more than 12 hours a day, other areas will be without water 6 to 12 hours.

According to the weather forecast of the  Instituto de Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) – National Meteorological Institute – the dry conditions will continue in February. For March dry season conditions will continue, though with some isolated showers in the Central Valley.

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) – government regulating body – is proposing an emergency rate plan to avoid wastage of water during the dry season.

Water rationing map:

  • Red more than 12 hours
  • Blue up to 12 hours
  • Green from 6 to 12 hours