Costa Rica News – The Municipality of San Jose is installing new sewers to end the flooding that is so common in the capital. With the recent arrival of downpours, the season is being met with a recurring problem: sewers that are crammed with garbage as well as overflowing and streets that quickly turn into rivers.
To mitigate this problem, a series of sewer works and pipeline placements will be carried out. The project has a cost of ¢1,379 million. The works will be aimed at avoiding emergencies specifically in Chinatown, the Children’s Hospital, at the end of Rohrmoser Boulevard and in the Luján neighborhood.
In the area that connects Chinatown, Clínica Bíblica and the National Production Council, a rainwater collector will soon relieve the capacity of the current canal. It will be ready in about a month and a half.
The pipework planned for Luján is pending because neighbors filed a request to prevent the felling of trees for the work.
The National Children’s Hospital sits above an irrigation ditch that overflows but the work to fix this problem has already been done.
In Pavas, culverts will be replaced and pipes cleaned.
The mayor, Johnny Araya, urges citizens to stop throwing garbage in rivers and on the street as after officials clean the sewers of garbage it takes just minutes for them to fill up again. 70 tons of garbage are thrown on the street in San Jose each day.