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Urban Development Project
in Curime is Halted Due to the
Possibility of Contamination

• Engineering Department declared that the project could expose water source to sewage leaks
• Property owner argues that the process of dividing the property will not harm the water.

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo

Nicoya's Municipalidad has halted progress on an urban development project in Curime. The main reason is the property's location, as it is adjacent to a stream that flows into the Potrero River.

According to engineer Gustavo Orozco, an Engineering Department official at Nicoya's Municipalidad, the construction of an urban development project so close to a groundwater body would jeopardize the quality of drinking water, since a large part of Nicoya's water supply comes from the Potrero River wells.

However, Jose Badilla, the property's owner explains "what we plan on doing is diving the property into lots. At no time have we ever thought about harming the groundwater. We know about the stream's proximity and therefore we will comply with the regulations established by law and keep a proper distance."

The project will have 30 houses and, according to Badilla, each lot would have approximately 500 square meters.

Meanwhile, Orozco explained that although Badilla did present the necessary land use permits, these documents are not valid as they correspond to the former mayor's term and therefore have already expired.

"He (Badilla) plans to go on constructing because he has land use permits; however, these are not building permits and are no longer valid," Orozco explained.


Recently, the property owner submitted formal documentation to the Municipalidad in order to continue building the wall that will surround the property, but according to Badilla, his request has received no response from town hall officials.

According to the Municipalidad's Engineering Department, they have no intention of approving this construction project as it threatens the groundwater's vulnerability, especially during the rainy season.

 
   
 
   
 
   
 

"The construction area's location is extremely close to the stream that flows into the Potrero River and we know that during the rainy season the soil becomes saturated with water, with the risk of having the septic tanks overflow. If this happens, sewage could reach the stream and the Potrero River," said Orozco.

Moreover, Curime's residents do not have a favorable opinion in regards to the construction of a project that threatens water quality. One of them, who preferred to remain anonymous, affirmed that "a project such as this one will pollute the water because, during the winter months, the stream's bed grows a lot, dragging everything into the Potrero River."

* The Voice of Nosara would like to clarify that Jose Badilla Vargas, from Nosara and Sag Harbor, NY, it's not the same Jose Badilla mentioned in this article. We regret any confusion.

Correction – In the April issue of Voice of Nosara, it was reported that the land use permits for a possible urbanization project in Curime had expired and are no longer valid. Municipal Engineer Gustavo Orozco clarified that land use permits do not expire but that they are very preliminary and are not the same as a construction permit.

 

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