The Sala IV constitutional court has ordered the Municipalidad de Naranjo and the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados to develop a plan for sewers and a treatment plant within 18 months.
A resident brought the case and said that municipal officials did not make available any plan for sewage treatment.
The resident said that municipal officials did not think that such a project was their job but that it should be done by the potential users. The court disagreed and designated Acueductos y Alcantarillados because it has authority over sewer service.
The judicial order said that the municipality and Acueductos y Alcantarillados must prepare within 18 months technical and feasibility studies for a treatment plant and put it into operation. It said the deadline was fixed.