July 23rd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) An unknown suspect or suspects intentionally dumped large quantities of at least six different toxic pesticides and fungicides into the water system serving 8,000 residents of the communities of Higuito de Desamparados and Copalchí de Cartago.
The discovery was made yesterday afternoon, when at least 15 empty bags and other containers of the toxic chemicals were discovered lying next to a supply tank.
At least eight people have been taken to the hospital so far, suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms as a result of what community leaders are calling an “act of terrorism.”
Water service to the communities has been suspended indefinitely, and the Red Cross, health officials, and police have been placed on alert.
Authorities began to deliver potable water to the communities by truck yesterday, and will resume at 6 a.m. this morning, notifying residents over loudspeakers.
Authorities have not identified any potential suspects or motive at this time.