Costa Rica: Tax Exemptions for Wastewater Plants

The project promotes the exemption from payment of all liens on the purchase of water treatment plants, components, materials or supplies.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Legislature passed Bill 16405 in second debate, seeking to exempt water treatment plants from taxation.

The aim is to reduce the effects caused by filtering water which causes pollution in soils, in addition to what occurs in surface waters: rivers, streams, lakes, estuaries and mangroves.

The project penalizes the use of the exemption for purposes other than those designated.

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Costa Rica: Sewerage Works

September 2016

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.

Tax Exemption for Water Treatment Systems

August 2011

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.

Costa Rican Water Treatment Plant Out to Tender

August 2009

In September, the three pre-qualified companies will present their design and construction bids.

Francisco Brenes, project chief, reported that the participating companies are "Degremont", "Acciona Agua" and "FCC Construción".

"The winning company will be in charge of... the first stage of the plant, which will treat sewage waters for one million inhabitants", reported website Nacion.com.

Costa Rica Seeks $50 Million for Sewage

March 2009

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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