September 28th, 2015 (ICR News) Some 700,000 people will suffer daily water cuts of up to 12 hours over the next nine months, the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) announced late last week.
The most affected will be those who live at higher altitudes, where water pressure will not be sufficient to reach them.
Forecasters expect the record drought affecting many parts of the country since late last year will continue to worsen beginning in October, just as the country is transitioning into the “dry season.”
In the San Jose metro area, it is estimated that nearly 150,000 residents will be without water for periods of 6 to 12 hours each day in areas of San Jose proper and many areas of Goicoechea, Coronado, Desamparados, Moravia, Alajuelita, Escazu, Santa Ana, and La Union, as a result of low water pressure and rationing.
In Guanacaste, some 100,000 people are expected to face multiple hours of water shortages and rationing daily, especially in areas of Liberia, Cañas, Tamarindo, Flamingo, and Santa Cruz, amongst others.
In Atenas and Puriscal, some 60,000 people are likely to be affected.
Hundreds of thousands more will also suffer water shortages and rationing in various other areas throughout the country, affecting nearly 40 percent of AyA customers.