Major sewer project far behind, budget watchdog says

The nation’s state-run water company is so far behind in a sewer project in Limón that the country might lose the loan that was provided for construction.

That was the opinion of the Contraloría de la República, the budget watchdog, in a report issued Thursday.

The $20.5 million project had been tied up in contractual problems and delays in obtaining rights to land to install a pumphouse, said the report.

The Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados has spent just 2.2 percent of the money provided by the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, said the report. And that was to purchase a vehicle.

The sewer project is for Limoncito and Pueblo Nuevo. The project is part of the major reconstruction of the province of Limón, called Proyecto Limón Ciudad Puerto.

The project was supposed to improve dramatically the infrastructure in the area.

The report said that the project might run into deadlines imposed by the bank and face the possible loss of the money.

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