Invasion of water property in Potrero causes political flap

A political flap is growing over an early morning raid in which the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados moved to take over the wells of the local water company in Playa Potrero.

Area residents said that about 3 a.m. police accompanied by workers from the national water firm effected an invasion of the property.

The water in the community is supplied by what is known as an asociación administradora de acueductos comunales. It is one of a number in rural areas of the country.

The police action drew a rebuff from a legislator.  Yolanda Acuña Castro of the Partido Acción Ciudadana questioned the need for so many police and equipment. She said later Tuesday that there were seven police vehicles as well as one from the Acueductos y Alcantarillados.

The national water company contends that the management of the local water association is not competent. The lawmakers noted this is the second time that such a takeover had been attempted. There is a long-running legal dispute between the two water suppliers.

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