Program and tax for hydrants produces many new units

Acueductos y Alcantarillados photo
This is a hydrant installed at Piedades de Santa Ana

Costa Ricans have been living on the edge as far as fire hydrants are concerned. Many hydrants did not work, and no agency really was in charge.

That is why a law with a new tax on water use won approval in 2008. Oversight went to the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicio Públicos, and the maintenance went to the national water company, the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia and local water companies.

The Heredia utility now reports that during 2011 and 2012 456 hydrants were given maintenance and 201 new ones have been installed. Acueductos y Alcantarillados installed 121 new hydrants in the metro area and some 580 in the outskirts in 2012. And some 1,000 new hydrants have been acquired to replace existing, damaged ones.

The report on hydrants came from the Autoridad Reguladora

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