The community leaders of Palmares and San Ramón asked the organization Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) to follow through with a management plan to protect the banks of the Barranca river, whose waters are being used for a new aqueduct established last week, against deforestation, confirmed the president of AyA Yamileth Astorga.

The water treatment plant would permit treatment of 150 liters of water per second and would benefit close to 75,470 residents in the nearby communities. It’s construction would represent an investment of 4,500 million colones.

The president of AyA explained that the new aqueduct would use superficial waters because the risk of contamination due to human activities is much greater.

The area has been affected in the past by deforestation and other human activities, explained Astorga. According to her conversations have advanced with the University of Costa Rica, The National System of Conservation, and local municipalities, to come up with a plan to protect these areas.