November 4th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) A new sewage treatment plant currently under construction will reduce the amount of raw sewage that is currently dumped directly into several rivers in the capital city of San José.
The plant, which is being constructed by the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), will process sewage from residents of Tibás, Moravia, Goicoechea, Coronado, Montes de Oca, Desamparados, Escazú, Alajuelita, and the canton of San José. In total, the plant will process sewage from slightly more than one million residents.
Currently, most of this sewage is dumped directly into several rivers, such as the Tiribi, María Aguilar Rivera, Torres, and Virilla rivers.
The total cost of the project – which includes upgrading and replacing metro-area sewers – is reported at $344 million USD. The plant itself will cost $45 million.
The plant is expected to be ready for operation in May, 2015.