State water company, under fire, plans a celebration and march Friday

The state water company will kick off its two-day celebration of water Friday with a march from the Fuente de Hispanidad at Mall San Pedro to the Antigua Aduana on Avenida 23.

The event is designed to raise consciousness to saving water and using it responsibly.

The 8 a.m. march will be down Avenida Central and end at the Antigua Aduana in time for opening ceremonies there. Afterwards there are a number of dance and music programs planned through 5 p.m..

Saturday begins with a pet parade accompanied by cimarrona street band. There are musical activities for the rest of the day through 5 p.m.

The sponsor, the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, also plans a series of workshops and discussions on the topic of water. For example, Saturday at 2 p.m. is a discussion of proposed laws affecting water.

The water celebration comes at a time when the institute is under fire for service outages.

Yamileth Astorga, the executive president, said Tuesday that the institute would act to temporarily provide water to some 75,000 persons in the southern part of the capital. The institute workers will restructure some lines to accomplish this, she said.

The water will be available from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., she said.

There have been protests and road blockades by residents demanding water.

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