By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio in Quepos has a new sewage treatment system that allows it to continue receiving tourists.
Last February, the Ministerio the Salud issued a sanitary order for the park authorities to better deal with its wastewater in the following three months or else, it would be shut down and closed completely to the public.
However, the construction of a new plant was made possible thanks to a $13,000 investment made in partnership by the environmental ministry and the Asociación Costa Rica Por Siempre, a non-profit organization focused on the preservation of ecosystems.
The installed system features a high performance water purification techniques that do not require expensive filters. It also uses biodegradable materials instead of synthetic ones. This is known as a Bionest.
It allows further expansion in case of greater demand in the future. It was built underground in order to protect the parks scenery and the landscape.
Now, Manuel Antonio needs to make its facilities more friendly for people with reduced mobility and other disabilities, another request made in February by the Ministerio de Salud.
In 2015, the national preserve received 418,041 tourists. That number surpassed the other popular destination of the Volcán Poás, which was visited by 370,176 people, according to data from the National Tourism Board. It was listed among the 12 most beautiful natural parks in the world by Forbes magazine in 2011.