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Costa Rica needs to update Water Laws

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


Costa Rica urgently needs to brings its Water Laws up to date. The current legislation dates from 1942 and includes severe limitations in terms of conservation of the existing resources.

At present, contamination of the water supply faces a risible penalty of 180 Costa Rican colones -- the equivalent of only 30 US cents.

A new water management law is expected to update the legislation and has received popular support but it has been bogged down in the Constitutional court. Attempts to revive it have so far been delayed in the Environmental Commission of the Legislative Assembly.
The bill is expected to be resuscitated but not until next year.