The new law which came into effect on July 30 in Costa Rica, exempts the purchase of systems for wastewater treatment from tax .
Exactly which materials and equipment benefit from the exemption has not yet been ruled on.
"The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) will regulate the price of wastewater treatment systems, materials, supplies and equipment that is incorporated directly into the construction and operation.
The state run company Acueductos y Alcantarillados has announced it will install 165 kilometers of pipes for sewage treatment in neighborhoods to the south and north of San Jose.
The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers estimates that it will take one and a half years to complete the installation of 165 kilometers of pipeline, through which sewage will be transported to a treatment plant in Los Tajos in La Uruca.
Costa Rica is negotiating a $50 million loan with the IDB for the construction of a sewage treatment plant.
Ricardo Sancho, president of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) of Costa Rica reported that the institute is holding discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), seeking to ensure funding for the plant which will serve 1.6 million customers.
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