November 13th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) According to the Costa Rican Water and Sewage System (AYA, in Spanish), there will be shortages of water and water rationing in March and April, especially in Guanacaste and locations of higher elevation in the Greater Metropolitan Area.
The shortages will be anywhere between 4 to 6 hours long, and will occur in the months of March and April.
Eduardo Ledezma, sub manager of AYA, confirmed the possible shortage in the water supply, due to the low amount of rainfall this year.
“There are no issues currently, however, once the summertime kicks in, we will possibly encounter issues. The highest locations, due to matters of topography, always have problems, and the situation may possibly worsen,” said Ledezma.
Coastal areas and Guanacaste are the most critical locations, as 95% of the water supply in these areas comes from subterranean waters. Costa Rica received 40% less rainfall this year than normal, causing 8 areas of the country to be particularly at risk.
Starting in January, AYA will be launching a campaign to encourage residents to conserve water.
A contingency plan will also be put in place, including redirection of the water supply, use of cistern trucks and water rationing during scheduled hours.