Some hotels are paying up to $120,000 per month for water in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, where the problem with no solution in sight is getting worse.
The problem of lack of water resources is affecting much of the province of Guanacaste, especially in tourist areas such as Playa Panama and Playa Hermosa, where the union of hoteliers in the province has denounced the fact that despite the meetings they have had with representatives of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) and the government,"... all of the projects that have been proposed have been shelved or moving are very slowly."
Before September 2017 Panamanian vessels weighing over 400 tons must install ballast water treatment equipment, ranging in cost from $900,000 to $2 million.
Vessels in the Panamanian merchant fleet have until September 8, 2017 to purchase and install equipment for ballast water treatment and comply with the international convention for the control and management of ballast water and sediments.
The opening of bids in the tender to expand the wastewater treatment plant in Panama City has been postponed until October 25.
In response to a request by some of the companies taking part in the process, the Panamanian Ministry of Health (MoH) decided to change the deadline for submitting bids in the tender to expand the treatment plant in the capital from August 23 to October 25.
The lack of this liquid in cantons such as Puriscal, where they say the problem will continue for three more years, is generating opportunities for water storage and treatment products.
Mismanagement of water resources is the cause of a growing number problems in providing water for both human consumption and industrial use, and at the same time is creating opportunities for businesses.
Lack of water is stopping productive development, and at the same time the very same disorderly development is causing shortages in several areas of the country.
Lack of water is stopping productive development, and at the same time the very same disorderly development is causing shortages in several areas of the country. The Central Valley is one of the areas already feeling the effects of the lack of infrastructure, as well as well defined plans, - a difficulty in Costa Rica- well executed by public institutions.
In response to the severe water supply crisis in Costa Ricatax exemptions have been proposed for the purchase of materials, equipment and devices for saving water.
The state run Aqueducts and Sewers company (AyA) is preparing a bill to exempt three taxes on buying water saving devices such as low consumption tanks, water saving devices for pools or drinking fountains, ejector aerators, filters, faucet timers, volumetric reductors, and low consumption irrigation systems, among other things.
The Ministry of Health in Panama has annulled the tender for wastewater treatment and announced that in six months a new competition will be convened.
The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), decided to cancel the tender for the Design, Construction, Installation, Operation and Maintenance of the Works for the Second Wastewater Treatment Plant Module in Panama City. The minister, Francisco Terrientes, announced that a new act will be convened in which they expect a larger number of bidders.
The government has announced an investment plan of up to $66 million for water projects in the country.
The Nicaraguan Aqueduct and Sewer Company (Enacal) has announced works to be carried out this year such as the improvement and expansion of the water system of Masaya with an investment of C $170 million ($6.2 million), according to the provisions of Annual General Budget law of the Republic 2016.
The procedure for selecting a contractor has been declared urgent and state institutions have authorized exceptional recruitment procedures for emergency services.
As immediate measures, the Executive Order is prohibiting the watering of gardens and public areas using drinking water and the granting of permits for prescribed burning of plant mass is suspended throughout the country.
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