October 28th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) – On Thursday, a storm sewer collapsed in San Pedro, in front of the University of Costa Rica, causing a large hole in the street, snarling traffic in the busy area.
The old storm sewer completely collapsed and in its place, a large hole of 2 meters in diameter and 1.5 meters deep formed.
Part of the road was immediately closed, causing traffic problems, as a large amount of vehicles and student buses travel through this street on a daily basis.
Aside from the municipality staff, workers from CONAVI (National Security Council) and AYA (Water and Sewage System Institute) helped in the inspection of the damage.
During the inspection, officials from the Municipality Technical Department discovered that, aside from the storm sewer, a black water sewage collector also collapsed, located only a few meters from the first.
“The cause in these ruptures may be the fact that these waste water conduits were built many years ago,” said the mayor, Fernando Trejos.
Trejos explained that this stretch of the sewer system was built close to 40 years ago.
Aside from the age of the sewage system, officials believe that the system also collapsed due to the large amount of garbage that was found in the sewers.
The Municipality could not estimate when repairs may be completed.