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AyA tells Parrita residents to keep drinking brown water

March 28th, 2014 ( Brown or “coffee colored” water coming from their taps has been causing residents in the central Pacific community of Parrita concern, but the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) are telling the community that the water is perfectly safe to drink, despite its color.


According to AyA, the discoloration of the water is caused by the presence of iron and manganese.


Manganese is a free element found in nature, often with iron.  Manganese is a metal with important industrial metal alloy uses, particularly in stainless steels.


Despite assurances from AyA that their water is safe, most area residents remain concerned.


“The water comes out a coffee color,” said Gustavo Artavia, who lives in Parrita.  “We have been told that this does not produce health problems.  However in my house, we don’t risk drinking it, nor cooking or washing our clothes with it.”


William Chaves, Aya Regional Director for the Central Pacific, says that the color is due to an excess of the minerals, adding that the water does not pose any health risks.


“According to the World Health Organization, these minerals are within recommend values for tap water,” Chaves said.


Waterborne manganese has a greater bioavailability than dietary manganese. According to results from a 2010 study,higher levels of exposure to manganese in drinking water are associated with increased intellectual impairment and reduced intelligence quotients in school-age children.


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  • SirVivor

    Any government agency telling you it is fine to drink brown water is certainly very trustworthy.

  • disgusted

    Bottle it up and serve it at Lady Laura’s goodbye party see how many will drink this. William Chaves, Aya Regional Director for the Central Pacific What you bet he does not live there nor will he drink this water.

    I feel for the poor residents who are stuck there and have no options.

  • roberto

    So just drink the Kool-aid? Better take a sample to a private lab.

  • Entero Lobium

    Fill a jug. Take it to the various asemblea clowns houses and tell them to get their grandkids to drink it on film. They refuse. You hang them and burn their houses down.

  • El Torito

    “higher levels of exposure to manganese in drinking water are associated with increased intellectual impairment and reduced intelligence quotients” Hmmm, perhaps William Chaves has been drinking this water for quite some time.

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