Las Catalinas says it was not the firm involved in a Sala IV water case

The management of Las Catalinas in Playa Potrero says its project was not the development involved in a Sala IV decision that was the topic of a news story Monday.

Michael García Rojas, Catalina’s director of environmental and community matter, said that the court decision, issued Friday, involves another, unrelated project.

The news story was based on a Poder Judicial news release, although the judiciary did not name specifically the development involved.

In the decision, the Sala IV constitutional court declined to order a local water company to provide service to a development in Playa Potrero.

The Poder Judicial released a short summary Friday that said although there is a fundamental right to drinking water, the local utility does not have to provide services if there are technical reasons in the way. The court also said that the denial of water

service was fully justified due to the fragility and vulnerability of the aquifer in the area. Exploiting the aquifer, the underground water source, might cause the intrusion of salt water, it said. The court magistrates stressed the need to take preventative measures to avoid contamination of the aquifer.

The water in this area of Santa Cruz is provided by an asociación administrador de sistemas de acueductos y alcantarillados sanitarios, basically a local organization.

“It is important to notice that the document refers to a residential condominium in the Potrero area, where there are many of these and that Las Catalinas is never mentioned in it, it is important to notice that the document refers to a residential condominium in the Potrero area, where there are many of these and that Las Catalinas is never mentioned in it,” García said correctly of the Poder Judicial summary.

“Las Catalinas has never promoted nor encouraged any action against the development and welfare of any nearby community. Any suspicion in relation to this topic is invalid and purposefully misleading,” the firm said in an earlier statement.

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