Costa Rica to build big dam in tourist-boom province

The government of Costa Rica announced the construction of a dam that it claims will solve the problems of water supply in the Pacific Coast province of Guanacaste, where tourism is booming.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The US$20 million, 800-hectare dam will collect water from a nearby hydroelectric scheme.
The speed with which hotels, apartment buildings, golf courses and other tourist facilities are going up throughout Guanacaste has led to concern over the sustainability of basic services.
Construction of the dam, which is due to be completed within four years, will be financed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.

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NICARAGUA: Houses Without Water or Water Without Houses?

April 2008

Authorities in Nicaragua are facing the dilemma of generating thousands of jobs through the development of the construction and real estate industry in the capital or putting a priority on future water supplies for the city’s 1.2 million people.

The debate broke out in February, when five city governments in Managua and surrounding suburbs agreed to adopt a ban on the construction of housing units to the south of the city, a rural, forested area where the underground water reserves that supply the capital are located.

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