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Sewage in rivers a serious problem: World Bank

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January 3rd, 2014 ( Three quarters of raw sewage in Latin America is dumped completely untreated into rivers and other water sources, creating serious problems for public health and the environment, experts from the World Bank warn.


Experts warned that the situation should be taken especially seriously in Latin America, one of the most bio diverse regions in the world and one that possesses at least a third of the world’s water resources.


In Costa Rica, less than 1% of sewage and wastewater in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San José is treated, though that should change in May 2015 when a new sewage treatment plant currently under construction will reduce the amount of raw sewage dumped directly into several rivers in the capital city.


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.

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  • Marcella

    in the evening when you over the Little Bridge in Playas del Coco you see the shit going directly to the Ocean. Also on other places all the sewage water goes directly to the Ocean.

  • mhogan

    Costa Rica should take the situation “seriously”? Duh! Probably trying to think of a way to convert it to bio-fuel or “natural, sustainable” fertilizer for a “greener” environment. Hush that it’s a pollutant! Don’t let me down: spin another tale of how good a job you’re doing protecting our environment.

  • Yeims

    In comparison, dogs are more intelligent. They don’t defecate where they sleep, and they don’t excrete bodily wastes in water.

  • disgusted

    The local Children here in San Jose have a sick joke when going to the bathroom. I am going to do a Guanacaste.. meaning everything gets flushed down hill, rivers to that area. Too bad here there over 2 million in the upper valley I wonder how much is flushed directly.. Few have septic tanks more like a hole in the ground. Wake up world we need to protect our water supply what makes this Earth a livable environment.

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