Dry season is going to affect over 600,000 residents of Costa Rica. The lack of water in the center of the country will leave 95,000 people suffering cuts in service of 6 to 12 hours or more.
The Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) estimates that at least 662,000 people will have at least some degree of impact on their supply of drinking water. This is 27% of AyA subscribers.
In the Greater Metropolitan Area 37% of the entity’s customers will be affected. 127,000 could be out of water for six hours a day, 95,000 will lose water more than six hours, and 250,000 will be without water less than six hours a day. In the GAM, 472,000 people in total will face at least part of the day without water supply.
The decrease in water supply happens every summer. The low rainfall is attributed to the El Niño phenomenon. AyA is making a number of investments in water supply improvements but asks users to avoid using drinking water to wash cars and water gardens.