July 25th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Officials of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) said yesterday that the company was in the process of restoring water service to 8,000 residents of two communities where the water supply was intentional contaminated with toxic chemicals by unknown suspects.
AyA said that water service would be fully restored today after tests confirmed that the chemicals have been successfully purged from the water system.
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.
Water service to the communities has been suspended since Tuesday, when the discovery was made.
At least eight people were taken to the hospital after consuming the contaminated water, suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms as a result of what community leaders called “act of terrorism.”
Authorities have yet to identify any suspects or determine a motive in the case.