Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo / Voz de Guanacaste / Additional editing by Inside Costa Rica
November 20th, 2013 – Due to the health alert in parts of Guanacaste related to the presence of arsenic in water supplies, the private company Agua Solutions has decided to offer free tests to detect arsenic levels until December 15th.
The initiative began this July and so far they have received samples from about 50 private residences, farms and community water systems. In addition, since 2011 they have performed tests in conjunction with the National Laboratory of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA – Acueductos y Alcantarillados).
Azucena Urbina, the chemist responsible for analyses at the National Water Laboratory of AyA, said Agua Solutions is one of the companies that routinely performs tests on water quality and is backed by the AyA.
Jim Ryan, owner of Agua Solutions, explained that the main problem in the field of water quality is the lack of information available to consumers. “Our first step is to create awareness among the population,” he said. The company provides information to people about arsenic and preventive and protective measures.
Ryan said his desire is to involve as many people as possible, especially those living in remote rural communities, schools an indigenous areas.
Water samples can be taken everywhere from the tap in a house to a spring or well. They should be taken in a clean plastic container or bottle of at least 600 milliliters and identified with some personal information.
Then the sample should be left in the Liberia office of Agua Solutions, located 400 meters south of the central park. The results are sent within a week by email.
“I hope we get a positive reaction from private well owners and those who want to know the quality of water they drink… analyzing the water is the only way to know,” concluded Ryan.
For more information on these tests, contact Agua Solutions at 2665-6161 or visitwww.aguasolutions.com.