Monday 21 June 2021

Costa Rica: Water Rationing To Start In Two Weeks

Tanker trucks are used in some areas to alleviate the water shortage
Tanker trucks are used in some areas to alleviate the water shortage

QCOSTARICA – Residents of the Gran Área Metropolitana (GAM) – Greater Metropolitan Area – should be prepared for water rationing that will start within the next 15 days, says the water and sewer utility, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA).

The water rationing is due to the drought caused by the typical summer conditions associated with El Niño that will last until March, as the country enters the warmer months of the year, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) – the national weather service.

- Advertisement -

The conditions will affect the water supply from late January to April.

The critical months, says the AyA, is March and April, when some 400.000 people in the country’s most populated area will see water shortages affect their daily lives.

The first and most affected will be those living in the higher elevations of the areas of Desamparados, Alajuelita, Escazú and Santa Ana (the south and southwest sides of San José).

The shortages in those areas can be for up to 12 hours a day when AyA shuts off the taps on the supply tanks. In other areas, shortages will be from 6 to 12 hours daily.

- Advertisement -

The rationing will depend on the climate. In critical cases, the Aya says it will keep the taps dry from 9:00pm to 5:00am and 10:00am to 4:00pm.

To mitigate the situation, the AyA says it will be continually monitoring and evaluating water levels and consumption.

Agriculture and livestock are expected affected by the drought in the North and Central Pacific
Agriculture and livestock are expected affected by the drought in the North and Central Pacific

Across the country, the IMN says  the North Pacific and Central Pacific, areas after a winter with less rain than average, will also be affected.

In Guanacaste, for example, there has been no rain since late November, according to Oscar Vásquez, regional director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) in that area.

Luis Fernando Alvarado, a meteorologist with the Department of Climatology of the IMN, explained that between September and October intensity of El Niño dropped, but in November it intensified again and is continuing.

- Advertisement -

El Niño arises for warming waters of the equatorial Pacific, and its effect on Costa Rica is manifested through reduced rainfall and higher temperatures in the Pacific and the Central Valley, and increased rainfall in the Caribbean coast .

The drought also affects livestock. A survey by Corporación Ganadera (Corfoga) in 2012 estimates at least 450.000 cattle in Guanacaste and the Central Pacific are threatened by the drought.

The effect of the drought is also expected on grains (rice, corn and beans), fruits (mango, avocado, watermelon and cantaloupe) and other products such as sugar care and beekeeping (honey), according to the MAG.

Source: La Nacion



- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 20: only “EVENS” can circulate

Today, Sunday, June 20, only vehicles with "EVEN" ending plates CAN...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows...


College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Fifth tropical wave precipitation will be heavier in the north of the country

QCOSTARICA - For this Wednesday, the arrival of the fifth tropical wave of the season is expected, thus reinforcing the rainy activity mainly to...

Bribed with cars, sexual favors and money in exchange for road works contracts

QCOSTARICA - The OIJ uncovered a big pothole on Monday when it was announced that public officials had allied with construction companies that, apparently,...

Cynthia Ann Telles named new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Today, U.S. President Joe Biden announced his nomination of Dr. Cynthia Ann Telles as United States ambassador to Costa Rica. According to the...

Lack of space on Racsa’s hard drive paralyzed immigration consultation at the airport this Monday

RICO's DIGEST - We've all had this happen, your computer's hard drive is full and your computer crashes. But we are not the Radiográfica...

Diseases, weather and low prices hit the orange sector in Costa Rica

HQ - The appearance of pests and diseases, in particular the 'dragón amarillo' (yellow dragon), the impact of the weather and a sharp drop...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 20: only “EVENS” can circulate

Today, Sunday, June 20, only vehicles with "EVEN" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Ortega government accuses imprisoned opponents of receiving money from the United States to overthrow him

TODAY NICARAGUA – The Nicaraguan government assures that the imprisoned political opponents detained on charges of “inciting foreign intervention” are “usurpers” financed by the...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.