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Letter to the Editor – A War Caused by the Water
by Evangelina Quesada Corrales

I could have never imagined that it would occur in my peaceful country, but today we are experiencing a war caused by the water thanks to the current management of the ASADA at Nosara’s American Project. This association is run by foreigners who do not respect Costa Rican Laws and, on the contrary, they show great skepticism and disdain towards the government and the country in which they so comfortably reside.

This ASADA is run like a parallel government, with more power than the Municipalidad of Nicoya, the CFIA and the AyA; they exert control through the power of water, deciding who, what and when a project may be developed. They have established complex procedures in regards to the acquisition of water, requesting a documentation list much greater than the one required by the CFIA and the Municipalidad combined. But this is absolutely nothing compared to the thousand-dollars fee that they charge to set up a water connection.

This ASADA justifies their excessive rates on the “excellent” service that they provide, nonetheless, the service is not better than the one the we get, less than two kilometers away, at the Town of Nosara (“el Pueblo”) where the ASADA is managed by Ticos and the rates are at least 25 times less expensive.

In addition to running the community’s development at their own whim, this ASADA has established a terror-based system. They terrorize future developers by making them believe that what they plan on building is illegal or anti-ecological and, on the other hand, they terrorize their own clients by telling them that they are at risk of losing their privileged services if the rates charged by the ASADA were to be regulated or if it were to be controlled by the Costa Rican AyA.

The economic world crisis has already had a big socioeconomic impact over Nosara, the building industry is practically stopped and construction workers, who make up approximately 80% of the town’s men, are unemployed. The ASADA’s negativity towards providing water is worsening the situation by having completely turned off the water valve for over two months now, turning off the key to progress by doing so. In order to be granted a water connection by this ASADA, the process may take months and even years, after many exhausting and expensive legal proceedings.

And meanwhile, they complain about not having a sufficient budget with which to improve infrastructure, while spending millions of colones on lawyers and internal bureaucracy. All the projects that are not done due to these reasons, represent not only less job sources, but in addition they halt a complete chain of jobs and tourism-related activities.

It is urgent for the Municipalidad of Nicoya to execute an urban regulatory plan so that we will be able to develop the area in a sustainable way but it is much more urgent that the Costa Rican government intervenes the ASADA at Nosara’s American Project in order to reestablish a supportive, humble and respectful attitude towards the Law, with people who are aware that, in Costa Rica, water is a public resource.

More Community News

Spanish is the Language of Costa Rica

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Nicoya Public Library with Internet Room

The Nicoya public library has entered the modern world and now has ten computers connected to the Internet.

The project was initiated by the National System of Public Libraries (Sinabi) and relies on support from the Nicoya Municipality, which took charge of remodeling the building in order to install the computers and provide better service to users. More >

More News from Escuelita de Verano

Thank you to everyone who has come to support us at the Organic Market. We have made some progress selling calendars and passports, but we still have many to sell. If you have not purchased a calendar yet you can now find them at many shops, restaurants, and hotels around town. With every calendar sale you will be sponsoring a child to attend this year’s program. More >

It's all happening at the Organic Market

Get your market bags and coolers ready for another season of fresh, local foods; crafts and a lot more. On December 12th, Giardino Tropicale, in Playa Guiones, officially started its 3rd season of Nosara’s only local, outdoor organic market. And every year the market gets bigger and bigger! The market runs every Saturday from 8AM to 1PM, in the parking lot of Pizzeria Giardino Tropicale. More >

Free Evening Talks offered by Blue Spirit

The newly opened Blue Spirit retreat center is offering the Nosara community the opportunity to come together and be inspired by a group of world-renowned thinkers and leaders in their fields.

Blue Spirit has created the series of five free talks that will be held every Monday from January 4th to February 15th from 7:30-8:30 pm. The series will be hosted at The Yoga House, located in Guiones. More >

Alianza Verde Starts Community Garden

SÁMARA– We decided to beautify the field next to the police department and gathered up all the trash and debris and cleaned up the area. We planted 20 palmeras given to us by Tyrone Jackson and Laura Ellington of Intercultura as well as some plants. Coldwell Banker donated some supplies and one of their workers, Afro, helped us clean up the area. More >

The Beach & Beyond – Rise And Shine 2010

When the New Year arrives it’s traditional to revisit the highs and lows of the previous year. 2009 gave people in Nosara and the world at large more to contemplate than celebrate. A lot of people lost their heads and then lost their shirts which pulled the rug out from underneath the rest of us. Given the number and intensity of economic disasters combined one could say we’ve been living dangerously, even say we’ve suffered an acute case of collective denial. More >

Why Collaborate with the Committee to Protect the Childhood and Adolescence of South Esperanza?

In order to collaborate with the communal development association, with the important priority attention to all the relative aspects of underage people. To watch for the effective defense of the rights and guarantees of underage people.

To function as a center for mediation in conflict resolution in which the committee has the opportunity to intervene and protect, under the principles of free assembly, the transparency, equality and confidentiality of underage people. More >


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