Municipal services entity proposed for Guanacaste

A lawmaker said Tuesday he will try to set up a public company to handle services in all of Guanacaste.

The lawmaker is Juan Marín Quiros, who met with six mayors from the province Tuesday.

The idea would be to have an entity in charge of water, electricity, communications and waste disposal, he said. The model would be the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia.

Water is now a major issue in the province which is in the middle of a drought. The location for the  headquarters of this new company would be Santa Cruz, the lawmaker said. There would be agencies all over the province.

A big problem is that the lawmaker sees the new companies taking over the operations of the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. These two giants are unlikely  to surrender operations easily. If created, the new company would start by taking over municipal operations such as sewer service.

Marín said he also is seeking facilities such as an asphalt plant that now is operated by the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes.  He said he would introduce legislation to do this in two weeks.

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