Sunday 25 July 2021

Lack of Sufficient Fire Hydrants Is Cause of Concern For Bomberos (Fire Deparment)

Paying the bills


Today’s Vehicle Restriction July 25: EVENS CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - Today, Sunday, July 25, plates ending in...

Carlos Alvarado foresees the lifting of sanitary restrictions for the last quarter

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President, Carlos Alvarado, in Guanacaste...

Costa Rican surfer in race against time to Tokyo

QCOSTARICA - It was a race against time for...

Covid-19 robbed Costa Rican population 60,170 years of life between the end of January and June

QCOSTARICA - Covid-19 would have caused the Costa Rican...

More than 170,000 will benefit from projects for access to drinking water in Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - More than 170 thousand people from the...
Paying the bills



QCOSTARICA – Still missing are some 2.900 of the 12.000 minimum fire hydrants required the Cuerpo de Bomberos (Fire Department) to properly provide security in the event of an emergency.

The minimum number is an estimate made in 2008, when the Fire Hydrant Law (Ley de Hidrantes #8.641) was created. However, so far only some 9.100 have been installed.

- Advertisement -

The legislation provides that the network development, installation, operation and maintenance of the hydrants are the responsibility of the operators of distribution systems of drinking water.

That is to say that the installation and maintenance falls in the hands of the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA), the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia (ESPH), and the local municipalities with their own aqueduct.

To date, there are six municipalities blacklisted, because they haven’t installed hydrants, nor charge their customers the tax. They are: Dota, Nandayure, León Cortés, Jiménez, Alvarado and Abangares.

Dota and León Cortés mayors, say they have several hydrants installed and have financing for more, but for various reasons, including lack of consensus and administrative delays, still lack rates for customers. “We do not charge the tax, but we have installed 10 hydrants within the canton and the plan is to have 18 at the end of the year. The rate is up to the municipal council… Yes, we are complying with the law,” Dota mayor Leonardo Chacón told La Nacion.

The concern of the Bomberos is that when a fire occurs they do not have close and/or good access to water.

“This is an issue of protection for citizens … we call on municipalities to install them, which will improve our ability to respond,” said Alex Solís, head of engineering at Bomberos.

- Advertisement -

To comply with the law, the AyA and the ESPH – the two largest of all aqueducts – are committed to installing and repairing hydrants. In the case of the AyA, the committment is 500 new hydrants a year and maintenance to 1.000. At the ESPH, the commitment is 100 new a year.

Francisco Angulo, ESPH spokesperson, said his company is the only one that is 100% in compliance with the legislations. “In 2014, we installed 102 hydrants and replaced 41 in a network of more than 1.000,” said Angulo.

According to the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos – ARESEP), the AyA receives ¢15 colones per cubic meter of water consumed, while the ESPH receives ¢20.


- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
"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

Tico Pride in Tokyo!

This is how the CostaRica delegation paraded in Tokyo 2020. Applause...

Tokyo 2020: Costa Rica has not missed an Olympiad since 1964

QCOSTARICA - On July 23, when Andrey Amador gets on his...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

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.