Tax Exemptions for Water Saving Devices

In response to the severe water supply crisis in Costa Rica tax exemptions have been proposed for the purchase of materials, equipment and devices for saving water.

Monday, April 18, 2016

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.

Rodolfo Lizano, AyA's legal adviser, told that "... the initiative is being led by the Ministry of Finance, where they are currently carrying out analysis to determine whether the measure is feasible. The project leaves open the possibility that any item that saves water be free from the three taxes, added Lizano. "

"... Yamileth Astorga, CEO of AyA, argued that there exists devices for faucets, shower heads, dishwashers, washing machines and even special toilets that save water both in homes and in businesses, schools and health centers. "

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Tender: Water Meters for $5 million

March 2016

The Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers is putting out to tender a supply of meters for drinking water.

Government Purchase 2016LN-000002 Costa Rica-PRI:

The types and amounts of meters required are detailed below:

-Multiple speed jet -Hydrometer 12.7mm (80,000)

Costa Rica: $156 million for Water System

August 2015

Works have been announced for the improvement of macro and micro-metering systems, land surveys of customers and infrastructure, leak detection and repair, and replacement of pipes.

From a statement issued by the Government of Costa Rica:

San Jose August 12, 2015.- The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) will loan US $130 million for a project to be run by the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), whose total cost amounts to US $156 million. The project proposes reducing unaccounted for water, improving competitiveness in the delivery and service provision and contributing to the sustainability of water resources systems in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) and its peripheral systems.

Panama To Hire Reading of Water Meters for $2.1 Million

April 2011

The Aqueduct Institute has invited companies to bid for reading water meters in several provinces.

The contract includes reading water consumption meters and distributing accounts statements in Coclé, Herrera, Los Santos, Veraguas, Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro.

Interested companies must submit their bids on May 6th.

Panama Tenders Water Meter Reading for $ 6 million

March 2011

The Institute of Sewer launched a tender for the service of reading water usage metering devices.

Services include meter reading and distribution of account statements in Panama Metro, Colon, Arraiján and West Panama.

Companies must offer a unit price per line, based on the amounts indicated below, which correspond to December 2009:

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